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Yeah, I think Scott slipped up by making his reply so specific to one side of 2019 politics. The issue he's dealing with doesn't have anything to do with Trump or Greta Thunberg, but by bringing up their names he's shutting off critical thought in much of his audience by activating the political "yay us, boo them" reflex. Democrats will be inclined to automatically agree with him, Republicans will be inclined to automatically disagree, and critical thought will be poorer for it.

Hitler was a real person who existed, and there are some lessons to be learned from that time in history, but invoking Godwin's law is frowned upon because even the mention of his name tends to shut people's brains down. The same principle generalizes to any highly polarized name.

Scott Aaronson could learn something from Scott Alexander on this one. ;)




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