It's hard for me to convey how disturbing I find the growing sentiment that intellectually rigorous debate should be reserved for 'fun' topics that have no meaningful consequences at all, while for matters of literal life or death it's completely inappropriate to be cautious in your beliefs

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Come to think of it, "People's lives are not a thought experiment" is a particularly silly sentence if you think about it for thirty seconds (though I suppose this is consistent with the thesis that you shouldn't do that). Hot dogs aren't thought experiments either.

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