After Granite Grok, Ace of Spades is probably my favorite read. I have no idea who ‘Ace’ is – a lawyer, a professor, a soldier, or simply a thoughtful and informed citizen. Like Grok, subjects run the gamut from politics to technology to the occasion movie review but yesterday, Ace wrote a piece about a lengthy article posted At Legal Insurrection by William A. Jacobson, an associate professor at Cornell Law School, Says Ace: ‘Give it a read; I have a thought about this.’ I second the recommendation but suggest you read Ace’s comments first:
My thought about this is that people don’t like thinking very hard, and this goes quintuple for low-information people. The more you do something, the more skilled you get at it, and the more you like it, which in turn impels you to do more of it. (I’m a champ at self-abuse, for example. When there’s a Hall of Fame I’m in on first ballot.)
On the other hand, the less you do of something, the harder it is for you to do it, and the less you wish to do it, which then leads to you becoming, in this context, dumber still.
And one thing that it occurs to me that dumb, low-information people might crave is reassurance for their ego that their dumb, low-information ways are in fact ideal and a perfect response to the world.