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  1. metarat post. how am i going to do it?
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  3. viliam's question as set up point. what have the metarationalists ever done for us? all I got were these lousy kegan stages, etc.
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  5. kegan as terrible PR move on the level of arguments about whether dust specks can be worse than torture.
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  7. will try and give one concrete path through.
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  9. talk about two modes of thought split.
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  11. on its own this shouldn't trouble anyone. quote scott's comment on 'virtue physics'
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  15. possible common misunderstanding: 'it's all nebulous. therefore there's no point at all in trying to get a deeper theory'. i agree that that would be a deeply unilluminating message. you can get this message from any third rate pomo relativist.
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  17. then talk about the deeper level below virtue theories, i.e. actual underlying mechanisms for cognition.
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  19. of course rats could just claim the deeper level for rationality too. i think this would be a good outcome.
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  23. duck-rabbit switch? need to get clear myself on exactly where this purported switch is and whether I agree. It's something to do with removing the clean split between having a world outside the head and a representation inside it.
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  25. Sarah Perry's 'tendrils of mess in our brains'.
  26. mess is obviously part out in the world.
  27. But if you try to locate mess entirely out in the world, its tendrils will reach back into your head.
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  29. (maybe why it's hard to get this across is that without the switch everything just looks like an esoteric special topic the author's interested in that day. *You* don't care about mess, or religious ritual, or theatre improv, or mathematical intuition, or whatever. You came here for important insights on reality and the nature of cognition.)
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  32. ending... something about Chapman having gone through pomo relativism and beginning the process of excavating pattern on the far side. This is a really exciting project
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