Some Thoughts About Maxims

This section of my site will collect thoughts on the maxims, or rules-of-thumb, that I try to follow in my thinking.

They are not intended to be absolute iron laws, and the description will often be more nuanced than the maxim itself, which will tend to be phrased more simply and therefore more absolutely. In particular, as you read them you will notice the trend that the rules apply more or less strongly as a situation moves between the thing in itself, and our model of the thing.

These maxims are both partly descriptive and partly prescriptive. They describe how I tend to think, and how others who I admire tend to think. As such, even if you disagree with them, you might find them helpful in understanding why I think a certain way on a given topic. They are also a prescription to myself of how I would like to think, and beyond that, obviously I think they would be good maxims for others to adopt too, or else I wouldn't have adopted them myself.

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sum θoətiz abaʊt maksimiz

ðis sekʃən ov miis sait kəlektil θoətiz on ðə maksimiz, oə rʊʊliz-ov-θum, ðat mii trai tə foloʊ in miis θinkiŋ.

dii bii not intendəð tə biiy absəlʊʊt aiyən loəriz, and ðə diskripʃən ofən biiyil mʊə nyʊʊwonsəð ðan ðə maksim hiiself, wic tendil tə bii freizəð mʊə simpliiy and ðeəfoə mʊər absəlʊʊtliiy. in pətikyələr, az yii riid dii yii noʊtisil ðə trend ðat ðə rʊʊliz aplai mʊər oə les stroŋglii az a sicʊʊweiʃən mʊʊv bitwiin ðə θiŋg in hiiself, and wiis modəl ov ðə θing.

ðiiz maksimiz bii boʊθ paətlii diskriptiv and paətlii priskriptiv. dii diskraib haʊ mii tend tə θink, and haʊw uðəriz hʊʊ mii admaiə tend tə θink. az suc, iivən if yii disəgrii wið dii, yii mait faind dii helpfəl in undəstandiŋg wai mii θink a suətən weiy on a givən topik. dii bii oəlsoʊw a priskripʃən tə miiself ov haʊ mii wʊd laik tə θink, and biiyond ðat, obvyəslii mii θink dii wʊd bii gʊd maksimiz foər uðəriz tʊʊw adopt tʊʊw, oər els mii wʊd not adoptiv dii miiself.

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