Are our ethical positions corrupted by signalling games? How much do aesthetic or community contexts play into our reasoning? It is easy to appear more correct than whoever spoke last. Does this signalling represent a hierarchy of real truth or merely a social game?
Fascinating discussion on the subject of disagreeing with disagreements about disagreements by Yvain on Less Wrong.
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WARNING: Beware of things that are fun to argue — Eliezer Yudkowsky
In certain situations refusing to signal can be a sign of high status. Thorstein Veblen invented the term “conspicuous consumption” to refer to the showy spending habits of the nouveau riche, who unlike the established money of his day took great pains to signal their wealth by buying fast cars, expensive clothes, and shiny jewelery. Why was such flashiness common among new money but not old? Because the old money was so secure in their position that it never even occurred to them that they might be confused with poor people, whereas new money, with their lack of aristocratic breeding, worried they might be mistaken for poor people if they didn’t make it blatantly obvious that they had expensive things.