objectiveLee

Anything untrue isn't there to be lived

Checking for crux nature

Checking for crux nature (whether X would change your mind about Y) is much easier than trying to find cruxes (naming the X that would change your mind about Y).

Asking yourself, "What would change my mind?" or even running the thought experiment, "If I knew I'd change my mind in a month, what happened?" This is not a well-practiced mental move for many humans.

(I also find myself sprawling / getting lost in the weeds when trying to think of this. My mind values a kind of thoroughness that leads me to name really obvious but irrelevant cruxes, like "If my dopamine system stopped firing, I wouldn't want to check Facebook anymore.")

For the sake of pragmatism, rather than asking a person for their cruxes, an easier move ought to be: Ask them for a reason X they believe Y. Then check, "If X were some other way, how would you then feel about Y?" If they feel very differently about Y, then X is a crux for them.

When you're just trying to find your own cruxes, it might be easier to list a bunch of reasons and then check each reason for crux nature.

If you find it easier to {find cruxes} than {list reasons -> check for crux nature}, then that would be interesting for me to know.

comments powered by Disqus