• The 12 Virtues

     

    Curiosity

    Curiosity seeks to annihilate itself; there is no curiosity that does not want an answer.

    A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth.

    To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance.

     

    Relinquishment

    P. C. Hodgell said: “That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.”

    If the iron approaches your face, and you believe it is hot, and it is cool, the Way opposes your fear.

    Evaluate your beliefs first and then arrive at your emotions.

     

    Lightness

    Surrender to the truth as quickly as you can.

    If you regard evidence as a constraint and seek to free yourself, you sell yourself into the chains of your whims.

     

    Evenness

    Beware lest you place huge burdens of proof only on propositions you dislike, and then defend yourself by saying: “But it is good to be skeptical.”

    Do not seek to argue for one side or another, for if you knew your destination, you would already be there.

    To be clever in argument is not rationality but rationalization.

     

    Argument

    Those who smile wisely and say: “I will not argue” remove themselves from help, and withdraw from the communal effort.

    The part of yourself that distorts what you say to others also distorts your own thoughts.

    Seek a test that lets reality judge between you.

     

    Empiricism

    The roots of knowledge are in observation and its fruit is prediction.

    Do not ask which beliefs to profess, but which experiences to anticipate.

     

    Simplicity

    When you profess a huge belief with many details, each additional detail is another chance for the belief to be wrong.

    In mathematics a mountain of good deeds cannot atone for a single sin. Therefore, be careful on every step.

     

    Humility

    To be humble is to take specific actions in anticipation of your own errors.

    It is useless to be superior: Life is not graded on a curve.

    The best physicist in ancient Greece could not calculate the path of a falling apple.

     

    Perfectionism

    The more errors you correct in yourself, the more you notice.

    If you tolerate the error rather than correcting it, you will not advance to the next level and you will not gain the skill to notice new errors.

    Do not be content with the answer that is almost right; seek one that is exactly right.

     

    Precision

    What is true of one apple may not be true of another apple; thus more can be said about a single apple than about all the apples in the world.

    The narrowest statements slice deepest.

    Do not walk to the truth, but dance. On each and every step of that dance your foot comes down in exactly the right spot.

     

    Scholarship

    Study many sciences and absorb their power as your own.

    If you swallow enough sciences the gaps between them will diminish and your knowledge will become a unified whole.

    The Art must have a purpose other than itself, or it collapses into infinite recursion.

     

    Nameless

    Miyamoto Musashi wrote, in The Book of Five Rings: “The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy.”

    Every step of your reasoning must cut through to the correct answer in the same movement.

    Do not ask whether it is “the Way” to do this or that. Ask whether the sky is blue or green.

    All techniques are one technique.

     

  • Houses

    Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most rational of them all?

    Leverage

    Score: 0

    Superposition

    Score: 35

    Terabithia

    Score: 0

    Onward

    Score: 25

    Dragon Army

    Score: 0

    Godric's Hollow

    Score: 0

    The Bailey

    Score: 110

    Winner of the Treasure Hunt!

    Tegmark L4

    Score: 35

    NOTA House

    Score: 0

    Event Horizon

    Score: 35

    Barrayar

    Score: 50

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