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Don't judge an argument by its conclusion
I’ve talked mostly about noticing the desire not to understand by noticing the threat of pain — how much it would hurt to believe x.
Judging an argument by its conclusion is a less emotional, more mental sign of the desire not to understand.
It’s self-evidently absurd — how can you judge a conclusion before you have understood the argument?
Once you phrase it like that, it’s obvious — yet, it’s basically the default move.
If you’re an epiphany addict like me, seek out some conclusions that seem outrageous, and do a deep dive on the arguments in their favor. (be safe though, stay away from occult/demonic/obviously literally evil stuff)
There are some great arguments out there for outrageous conclusions like these —
Psychic powers are real
Hitler faked his death
The earth is hollow
Human civilization was once more advanced than ours is today
Elon Musk created Bitcoin
Not necessarily endorsements. Just saying — get dirty, have some fun!