Disagreements are like onions II

(or "Why we shouldn't put all our arguments in one rhetorical basket")

...What was I saying? Oh yes, I think all of this can be generalized a little further. In the other post, I suggested that we should make a priority of separating the object level from the meta level, or different "degrees of meta", when analyzing a given disagreement. One obvious challenge that could be raised against this thesis is whether for any two "layers" of an argument one is really more "meta" than the other in some obvious way. Read more...

Obligatory election-day post on the rationality of voting

There are a number of rhetorical situations where I see recurring patterns of what feels like obviously fallacious reasoning and have learned that trying to convince someone who doesn't instinctively sense that same pattern will lead only to frustration on the part of both parties. But in many cases, I have discovered through the rationalist community a group of people who all seem to acknowledge the same underlying issues, even if there's plenty of healthy disagreement on exactly where and to what extent those fallacies are being committed and as to what antidote should be applied. Read more...