Pattern Recognition - Rev's Law
February 7th, 2014
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Rev's Law
This seems like it ought to be a well-known principle, but I can't find it set down anywhere, so I am claiming it for myself.
Rev's Law: Given sufficient inferential distance, wrong and confident is more convincing than correct and hedged.

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From:luagha
Date:February 7th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Hedging inherently weakens rhetoric.
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From:st_rev
Date:February 7th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
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And that's terrible.
From:lhn
Date:February 7th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I think the first clause may be superfluous. Drop the first clause.

Man, I had to overcome an almost physical resistance to typing the second phrasing. I'm wired so that I'd much rather be [as] accurate and complete [as possible] than convincing. Even knowing the world is made for those wired the other way.
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From:st_rev
Date:February 7th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Inferential distance is important; on matters that are inferentially close, people can be much more measured and harder to fool.
From:lhn
Date:February 7th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Maybe so. ;-)
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From:twoeleven
Date:February 10th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
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