Ed Dodson responding...

Robin Hanson wrote:

> Ed Dodson wrote:
> >I admit to being extreme only in my defense of objectively-derived
> >principle. ...extreme in belief or action without objectivity ...
> >most inflexibile ... are those who are so far beyond objectivity
> >as never to be confused by the facts.
> So it seems to me that you accept the model of the paper - the
> correlation is due to a large group of stupid inflexible people.
> Which means that being extreme is on average a sign of ignorance.
> You just think you are an exception to the usual rule.

My conclusion is rather different. Remember the quote from Aristotle
borrowed by the rock band the  Moody Blues -- "Child is Father to the
Man." It is the exceptional person who is able to significantly escape
the exposure to intense nurturing in cultural relativism. Leaving one's
community of early life to interact with others, broad reading and
studying and an intellect driven by curiosity all contribute to the process.
There is, of course, an enormous distinction between 'stupidity' and
'ignorance'. Few people are stupid; many are ignorant or much. Stupidity
and apathy have a stronger correlation than stupidity and extremism.
Mass ignorance has a strong correlation to blind obedience and to criminal
license in the name of an extremist (i.e., an unprincipled) cause. I do
not see this as a rule; rather, this seems to be a deeply-embedded
quality of human behavior influenced by entrenched socio-political arrangements
and institutions that deny fundamental liberty and champion privilege.

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