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 […]

Clarifications

This website used to be a good repository of my writing, but not anymore. To clarify: the writing here is near-universally outdated, and many articles are outdated by four years. Writings like PR Disaster and Gaslighting need to be revised because I have simply become far more competent since they were written. They probably will not be, for […]