to fix everything in society at once. Im going to use science-y sounding terms just as an example, but I dont actually think its this in particular we know that the genes for liberal-conservative differences are mostly nmda receptors in the brain. If we were to find that were true and furthermore, that the young version was intact and the older version was just the result of some kind of decay or oxidation or something could I trust those results? Or that eight years ago I was in a place where having Richard Dawkins style hyperrationalism was a useful brand, and now Im (for some reason) in a place where having James. More willingness to assume that other people are competent in aggregate in certain ways, eg that academic fields arent making incredibly stupid mistakes or pointlessly circlejerking in ways I can easily detect. I dont have much to say against. This is endemic, and I try to quash it when I notice it, but I dont know how many times its slipped my notice all the way to the point where I can no longer remember the truth of the original statement. Believing nobody cares about truth is cynicism, which seems sort of like wisdom. Ten years ago and notice Ive become more cynical, more mellow, and more prone to believing things are complicated. Then when other people say it, I start looking down on them for being bad at public relations. Less hope that anybody cares about truth (even though ten years ago I would have admitted that nobody cares about truth). And what about number 9 on the list? Less trust in any specific system, more resignation to the idea that anything useful requires a grab bag of intuitions, heuristics, and almost-unteachable skills.