Should I keep calling rationalists "rats"?
71%
chance
Jul 2
M$389 bet
Shall I continue to call fans of LW/EA/ACX, centered on the Bay Area, "rats" instead of "rationalists"? If you don't know what this means, begone! ya got no edge. On close, I'll resolve to what I think, based on comments here and elsewhere. I like "rat" because it's short, cute, and crafty, wheras "rationalist" is logical, perfect, powerful. However, some rationalists hate "rat". I like to use words that we agree on.
XidaRen
I just say "my cult" :D Since all my friends think I'm in a cult.
0
JoyVoid
That's new to me, I must be in such a bubble. I've always used the term "rat" and everyone around me does too. I guess I get the argument, though it's essentially the question every community faces about self-humor and bantering (but in that case, since it seems like "rat" is not insult reappropriation, it seems even less contentious) Ultimately though, I guess it depends who you hang out with and whether they mind it or not. As Daniel said, this community will be probably very biased in its answer (I for one would need to hang out more with rationalists who dislike being called "Rats" to find this out)
0
DanielFilan
That said I doubt you'll be convinced, in part because I think manifold selects for people who don't mind the term 'rat'.
0
DanielFilan
Probably depends on the subculture you're in. I dislike the term, and people socially close to me mostly don't use it.
0
MattP
No one lives forever. The number of syllables any one of is gifted to speak in our life is sorely limited. The longer form has between 4-5 syllables, depending on how you say it. The shorter form has only 1. You can do the math. Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick?
0
Duncan
Rats++
0
MartinRandall
Year of rat: "quick-witted, resourceful, and smart but lack courage".
0