Stop Caring About Being Smart

Stop caring about being smart. This does not mean “be humble and think you could be stupid”. That’s still caring by implication. Stop caring about being stupid too. Be okay with being both because you couldn’t care less about both. Say things that will make you seem stupid, or arrogant, or cocky, or dumb. Any […]

Actual Lifehacks I Use

This is an ongoing post that you don’t need an account to view; it will be updated as I think of content. Eventually it will be cleaned up and transferred to this site. In the mean time, enjoy: https://www.facebook.com/notes/alfred-macdonald/actual-lifehacks-i-use/10211419261704187/

Semantic Precision Exercises

Doing these questions will help you practice your ability to use words more precisely, aka better refer to the things you want them to refer to. Key things: The “right answer” is not as important as the process of doing them. The questions get harder. ‘Hard’ = longer time needed for a good answer. If you […]

Lawful Society Bias

I propose a new bias which presumes that most if not all of society can be made effectively lawful, and most if not all instances of a crime or undesirable behavior can be eliminated with enough legal action. Perhaps it’s a subcategory of another, as in circumstantial ad hominem, which is itself a subcategory of the genetic […]

How to know if an argument is worth having

There are, in my experience, two good reasons to have an argument, with sub-reasons of those reasons: 1. Actually convincing people 2. Refining your argumentation You can narrow down whether an argument is worth having by asking yourself questions about the debate, starting with #1. Actually Convincing People: * How many people are watching this […]

1,000 words on a girl burning alive

When someone is a bigger jerk than a jerk they’re an asshole. When someone is a bigger asshole than an asshole they’re a ‘sociopath’. The term now, as it has been for ages, is ASPD. “Sociopathy” isn’t even sociopathy anymore; its primary purpose is to give melodramatic teenagers a word stronger than ‘asshole’ because they’ve hyperbolized […]