Twelve Virtues of Rationality

"These then are twelve virtues of rationality: Curiosity, relinquishment, lightness, evenness, argument, empiricism, simplicity, humility, perfectionism, precision, scholarship, and the void." By Eliezer S. Yudkowsky. Spotted via Conal Elliott. Thanks for the tip, Conal, it's a great read.

Is that the anti-definition of a Republican?
I think the only virtue of rationality is knowing that rationality is either incomplete or inconsistent. I really dislike how we are compelled to be rational all the time, a bent that is itself necessarily irrational.

Long live irrationality! (And therefore long live faith, love, hope, tenderness, kindness, and so on. But most of all: therefore long live love.)
Hi Phil. I'm glad you like this quote. Thanks for passing it on.

Would you please do me the kindness of adding a second "l" and a second "t" to my last name ("Elliott") in your link?
Wow, this is the first time I have read of these 12 virtues of Rationality. Of course, this is the first time I have heard of these virtues. But indeed, I could not agree more with the virtues. But scholarship and the void? Are they really necessary? If you all think so, then I agree. I will think of a 13th one, just kidding!
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