The original title was going to be "Twelve Rules For Analytical Life" and I'm sure it would've garnered some eye-rolls from those who gush over the Intellectual Dark Pleb. Alas, that title was chucked in the bin because I've been trying to make good on my yearly New Year's Resolution to present things less snobbishly.
Except, by drawing attention to the scrapped derisive title in the first paragraph of the post, I'm falling short of the ideal anyway. At least I tried, a bit.
Here are the Actually Insightful twelve-rules-for-life:
Rule #1: Get a handle on epistemology.
Rule #2: Get a handle on decision theory and game theory.
Rule #3: Familial loyalism draws from every other meritless loyalism. Refuse to play.
Rule #4: Wrap your mind around skepticism about moral responsibility.
Rule #5: Come to see that central problems in Population Ethics remain unsolved.
Rule #6: Think slow, unless you're just here to have fun.
Rule #7: Understand that beliefs aren't dispositional or representative of one's essence. Strangers with whacky beliefs need not have personal demons.
Rule #8: Feel free to be as selfish as possible in the company of ethical egoists. They'd paradoxically want you to.
Rule #9: Make up for some of that selfishness by being altruistic towards the worst off. Take your time sorting out who is and isn't at/near/above the worst-off mark.
Rule #10: The 20th Century was the bloodiest for reasons that have little to do with the usual reasons you've been fed. Combat the false narratives whenever you see them.
Rule #11: The fallacy of relative privation is only partly fallacious.
Rule #12: Don't utter "logic" without qualifiers. There are numerous forms of it, and they bump heads.
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