I'm curious if people observe any differences of opinion that seem to come up a bit too often to be random. I think I've noticed at least three - my impression is that, compared to EAs, rationalists on the whole:
- Care less about the welfare of nonhumans
- Have more faith in unvarnished honesty as a mechanism for collective truth-seeking
- Are more open-minded about weird or controversial ideas
I'd love to hear if anyone disagrees or has other observations.
I expect if I'd had a better sense of these kind of differences earlier on, it would have significantly affected my confidence in certain beliefs, the way I defer and the degree to which I engaged with each community.
Be nice! I'd like this to be about noticing differences, not judging them.