The I'm-Right, You're-Wrong Game

By Leo Gura - January 24, 2017

The key question for ideologues and rationalist arguers is this:

What are you doing to avoid the trap which everyone falls into, which is this: “I’m right, you’re wrong”?

What are you doing epistemicly to avoid this trap?

Has it become obvious to you yet that everyone thinks they’re right while thinking the other side is wrong?

Don’t you see that this whole thing — from the meta-perspective — is just a game?

You’re stuck playing the “I’m right! You’re wrong!” game and you don’t even realize it.

Wouldn’t it be wiser to buck this trend and stop playing of the game altogether? Then you’d REALLY be different!

Can’t you see that everyone who plays the game loses? Even when you “win” the game, you lose!

The most cliche thing every human being does is think he is right. If you can permanently disrupt this deep-seated habit of the mind, you will have succeeded in something remarkable. This is the only true way in epistemology. And the paradox is, in order to communicate it to you, I have to frame it as, “I’m right, you’re wrong.” But don’t let that paradox throw you off. It actually proves the point. The heart of epistemology must always remain uncommunicated. Words can point the way, but you have to make that final leap to comprehension.

This one is tricky. Can you see what is being pointed it?

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