Warning Signs: Beliefs that Signal Loyalty or Ability

My last post has generated some controversy on Facebook, where the audience is a bit more diverse, faith-wise, than those who read the blog. I thought it might be useful to continue pressing on the critique of instrumental beliefs with an instructive list of warning signs that your opinions are primarily instrumental, from Robin Hanson.… Continue reading Warning Signs: Beliefs that Signal Loyalty or Ability

Deliberative Democracy and the Bad Man

During my talk at GW on Friday, one concern emerged as the dominant theme, and I stumbled a bit in responding to it. Basically, it’s a version of the Platonic anxiety about democracy: if deliberative institutions give demagogues and sophists equal time to peddle their emotive rhetoric alongside earnest activists and critical thinkers honestly seeking… Continue reading Deliberative Democracy and the Bad Man