FYI, internet access has been and will continue to be, kinda flakey. This means less reading other websites, articles and blogs, thus less links and less ideas. And no mail program, means writing way less emails, and reading less, so less ideas. You get the idea. bleh.
Anyway, now that I'm done
making excuses explaining my situation, here are some common examples of moral inversion:
Upon messing up, declare that you didn't.
Upon failing at something, blame someone else.
Upon having trouble, blame something else like a headache, lack of sleep, anger, passion, PMS, hunger, etc (Sometimes these are true, but often it's just denial).
Why is this so bad? Because good people welcome criticism, and want to improve, not pretend they are already good at things they are not.
i'm bad at this --> it was too hard
these criticisms of me are interesting and useful --> this guy is out to get me
wow, TCS is so cool, I'm gonna try to internalise it --> wow, this is good....as I am good, I must have been it all along...I *am and was* TCS (and any differences btwn current behavior and TCS, rather than getting fixed, must now be denied)
I broke it --> they made it too flimsy
I dropped my drink --> stop making noise, it's so distracting, *you made me* drop my drink
i failed my quiz --> the quiz was biased
i'm no good at saying what i mean --> saying what one means is only for the simple-minded
i'd make a terrible soldier. i'm too wimpy --> being a solider is only for the uncouth and the inferior masses of brainwashed, stupid people
spiders scare me --> God shouldn't have made spiders
war scares me --> the reason i don't like war, is that it's wrong
I was asked what 'in the limit' means, so probably others wonder as well. 'In the relevant extreme case' is pretty close.
People who think that all government documents are bad and evil, and attack laws on principle, and who also go to Bill of Rights rallies, are silly.
Anyone who reads too much into this, and tells me not all libertarians are like this, will be beaten severely.
Suppose an approach to answering moral questions is, in the limit, convergent with the truth, but the calculations involved are more complex -- require more computing resources. This would be, in the limit, a *wrong* approach. At the least, because wasting all these resources (as opposed to using the right approach) means less resources to avoid mistakes, create value, etc...
Well before the limit, this allows us to say the non-utopian versions of consequentialism and deontology may well be convergent with true morality, but are still wrong to hold or use.
Parenting strategies that rely on parents being larger, cannot be right.
Parenting strategies that rely on children having bad memory, cannot be right.
Parenting strategies that rely on children always agreeing with the first idea a parent has, cannot be right.
In different situations, the answers to various questions that depend on the circumstances, can be different.
People who do not understand a proposition, can't know if it's horribly false or exceptionally true.
To live morally, requires creativity.
A mechanical parenting strategy, cannot be right.
People do not do things for no reason.
It cannot be right to ask someone to sacrifice infinately before retalliating.
It cannot be right to come kill me, for the purpose of going to the dentist.
To fully maximise the realisation of one's intentions, one must be willing to change one's intentions to ones that are better realisiable.
Statements like this are interesting due to their truth, and also can provide a framework for solving various problems. But what should we call them? I've been considering them epistemic. This is perhaps not ideal. I don't have a better idea. Normally, I don't care about categorisations such as this, but it seems valuable to me to be able to communicate the idea that I'm referring to statements like this.
Sometimes, a bunch of independent groups, have the same goals in a field. How can this be explained?
Sometimes, each group is Good. People who are Right about a subject, will agree and want the same things to happen in that field. For example, the US, Israel, and Australia all want the same thing to happen in Iraq.
Another way it can happen, is for Logic Of Situation reasons. For example, "anti"-racist groups and secular humanist groups, both find the logic of their situation, as anti-American groups during a discussion of War on Iraq, to imply they should make asses of themselves opposing the war.
Of course, there is the conspiracy explanation, but this is generally a very bad one. This claims that they are secretly not independent groups. A real world example might be various terrorist organisations and various terrorist harbouring states. But you only call them independent, and think their links don't exist, if you are really silly.
There is the luck "explanation" which is true on rare occassions.
I think smalltalk is only interesting with people one already has a deep relationship with, or sometimes for the sake of observing human behavior or some meta goal.
If the point of some way of interacting, is to let anyone get along, regardless of their merit, what the fuck good is that? (in the context of personal relationships and meeting people and hanging out and such -- obviously such a way would be nice for total strangers, as it'd mean no wars).
Here's a theory: if two people mostly agree about epistemology, this will allow them to agree to a large extent in all other spheres.
They will be able to agree what should be uncontroversial, and about many forms of criticism. They will agree on what facts are reasonable to believe, even if they choose differently. When there is a continuum of positions on a subject, even if they do not agree about quite what the right spot is, they will be able to understand why the other is further in whatever direction, and agree that each is being reasonable, even if perhaps mistaken. Why reasonable, if wrong? Because they will know that their arguments for the specific place on the continuum, are not so uncontroversial and precise as to necessitate reasonable people to agree.
My current view is that the worst type to person to try and talk to about serious stuff, is not the one with some bad moral theories, but rather the one with bad epistemic theories. (Note that a certain minimum morality is required to hold a good epistemology, so moral inverters are not gonna pass my epistemic criterion. Mainly what's required for good epistemology, is valuing truth-seeking, or something along those lines. And note that valuing means people without values are out.)