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I’d like to share a quote I saved from something I was reading the other day:

If you apply stricter criteria to theories you dislike than theories you like (or vice versa!), then every additional nit you learn how to pick, every new logical flaw you learn how to detect, makes you that much stupider. Intelligence, to be useful, must be used for something other than defeating itself.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky, “A Technical Explanation of Technical Explanation

This, of course, holds equally true for people you dislike, habits you dislike, experiences you dislike, etc. etc. etc. So I think we will greatly benefit if we apply equal amounts of patience and self-reflection between what we like and dislike (and you know me, I think those amounts should be quantified as “a lot”). That might sound obvious, but it’s hard to remember sometimes.

Luckily, like most things, it gets easier with practice. Practice becomes easier as we start to see the results in our own lives.


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