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List of my interests:

  • Caverns
  • Avalanche Run
  • Snake bite
  • Hall of Fame & Flashback 2
  • Dark Star
  • Zoom 70cdr
  • Digitech Polara

Weaponized Sacredness (2015)
Sarah Perry.

Preference falsification is an information theory term for the tendency for people to express a public preference that is different from their private, interior preference. […] When people do not express their true preferences, they are deprived of the opportunity to coordinate with each other to create a more preferable outcome for both.

Preference falsification prevents cooperation: if people cannot communicate what they want, they cannot coordinate to achieve it.

It may make about as much sense to attribute agency to a particular government as to a hurricane. But since the actions of a government are built on the substrate of human minds, unlike hurricanes, and since agency is a characteristic projected onto human minds (even if not actually detectable, strictly speaking), then it makes at least cognitive sense to attribute agency to one and not the other, if only provisionally.

Free speech seems like a value designed to prevent preference falsification spirals from occurring, and perhaps even to ensure that cherished values are protected by making sure people are regularly exposed to common counterarguments or threats to values, so that an immunity can be developed.

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