the fallacy of gray

Both from the fallacy of grey by Eliezer Yudkowsky.

The Sophisticate: “The world isn’t black and white. No one does pure good or pure bad. It’s all gray. Therefore, no one is better than anyone else.”

The Zetet: “Knowing only gray, you conclude that all grays are the same shade. You mock the simplicity of the two-color view, yet you replace it with a one-color view . . .”

from David's Sling by Marc Stiegler

When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.

from The Relativity of Wrong, by Isaac Asimov

The problem with rationalism is not that we don't recognize that they are "less wrong". The problem is that this less wrongness is weaponized to protect some other wrong.

Everything is a defense against change.


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