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Comment author: Arepo 07 March 2018 06:03:21PM *  7 points [-]

Somewhat tangentially, am I unusual in finding the idea of 'thought leaders' for a movement about careful and conscientious consideration of ideas profoundly uncomfortable?

Comment author: DavidMoss 07 March 2018 06:27:23PM 2 points [-]

Definitely not. Often when I see the term used in EA it's being used negatively. To be fair though, the alternative terms I was considering using, "EA insiders", "EA elites", aren't too comfortable either.

Comment author: Denkenberger 03 April 2018 01:38:13AM 0 points [-]

Maybe "full time EAs?"

Comment author: DavidMoss 03 April 2018 03:17:20AM 0 points [-]

I think someone suggested this in previous discussions about what euphemism we could use for extreme/hardcore EAs. The problem here is that one can be a full time EA without being an insider and one can be an insider without being full time.

Comment author: frankfredericks 03 April 2018 08:36:45PM 1 point [-]

While I think that could be a fair metacritique, the science of social change nearly always requires thought leaders/leadership as a method of normalization. It's likely a sociological hangover of our tribal evolved psychology, but every tribe looks for a tribal leader. I'd say the EA movement is doing a decent job of put forward thoughtful voices without building a messianic culture. What do you think?