Some on-the-record about me:
- "I especially want to attract people in academia and positions of intellectual leadership to being actively and morally rational, since their attitudes spread to their students and apprentices. When you have an intelligent mentor who isn't using her intelligence to directly analyze and improve her own life, you're unconsciously less convinced it's a fruitful pursuit. When the opposite happens, it can really start a cascade.
- Provided such a cascade preserves peoples' sense of morality, which requires some serious care to ensure, it can be a great thing for them and the people around them."
I don't do sarcasm
On the internet, I am never being sarcastic. If you're already worried you're being tricked you with meta-sarcasm, then you understand my complaint: there's simply too much sarcasm on the internet.
So I'm inviting you to relax. Please, accept that I'm at least a half-decent person who's publicly pre-committing to sincerity because
- I value being understood, and
- I don't take pride in deceiving others.
In particular, I consider optimism a valuable commodity when it's justified, so I never portray it sarcastically. If I say "Good for you", it's because I actually mean it.