A Principle of Empathy

The Principle of Charity is an idea that seems to be touted fairly regularly by members of the rationalist community. Scott Alexander is especially well known as an advocate of it and even devoted the first post on his now very popular blog Slate Star Codex to declaring the Principle of Charity as the ethos of the new blog. It more or less says that in examining another person's viewpoint, one should strive for the strongest, most reasonable possible interpretation of their argument, in particular not assuming that they're being stupid or completely irrational. Read more...