Sunday, January 3, 2016

Lock Picking

While many people are quite enamored of their Bullshit Detectors, and will be quick to tell you how effective they are, an aversion to bullshit can also be a very effective way of locking oneself in an Echo Chamber. Therefore, attempting to shame people into silence, by warning them away from what we consider bullshit may have the effect of ensuring that we are surrounded only by people who will say things that agree with what we already believe. Sure, most of us believe that we can tell the difference between new and plausible information and outright bullshit, but being too confident in our ability to remain objective in the face of information that might contradict what we already understand to be true is what allows our Bullshit Detectors to become the locks on the Echo Chamber door.

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