I’m feeling lazy today. So here is a lecture by Robin Hanson that you should check out:
I’ve been anticipating Robin’s book since he announced it on his blog. The gist is that humans tend to give explanations for many of their behaviors which have nothing to do with the real reasons for why they are engaging in said behavior.
Thinking about things from such a behavioral perspective has likely been the main change in my own way of viewing the world in these past few years. Though you have to be careful, because it’s easy to dismiss your intellectual opponents “well the only reason you believe X or Y is because you’re status signalling!”