What Do You Believe That No One Else Here Does?

 

Peter Thiel is well-known for asking this question in interviews:

PETER THIEL: The intellectual question that I ask at the start of my book is, “Tell me something that’s true that very few people agree with you on.” This is a terrific interview question. Even when people can read on the Internet that you’re going to ask this question to everybody you interview, they still find it really hard to answer. And it’s hard to answer not because people don’t have any ideas. Everyone has ideas. Everyone has things they believe to be true that other people won’t agree with you on. But they’re not things you want to say.

He himself was unforthcoming when asked the question, though:

TYLER COWEN: Peter, tell me something that’s true that everyone agrees with you on.

PETER THIEL: Well there are lots of things that are true that everyone agrees with me on. I think for example even this idea that the university system is somewhat screwed up and somewhat broken at this point. This is not even a heterodox or a very controversial idea anymore. There was an article in TechCrunch where the writer starts with “this is going to be super controversial” and then you look through the comments — there were about 350 comments — they were about 70 percent in my favor. So the idea that the education system is badly broken is not even controversial. You know, the ideas that are really controversial are the ones I don’t even want to tell you. I want to be more careful than that.

So what do you believe that puts you at odds with everyone else? What do you believe that puts you at odds with Ricochet, in particular?

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  1. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    @Midge

    Frank Soto:

    Masculinity contrast from femininity in an inherent (and illogical) confidence in the face of risk.

    :-)

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  2. Ricochet Contributor
    Ricochet
    @TitusTechera

    Frank Soto:It has been performed before. They have these places called colleges, with an over abundance of hormone addled young adults who don’t know each other. This phenomenon has been formally studied before.

    I’ve been trying to put this experiment in a way that makes sense to me since you mentioned it. It’s more than 250 words. I still disagree. I’d say, for the whole of your argument, there’s just such a great difference between falling for someone & the more reasonable life implied in friendship…

    I think you are misinterpreting what women perceive as manly…as well as the actual nature of manliness. Masculinity contrast from femininity in an inherent (and illogical) confidence in the face of risk.

    Friendship robs you of your confidence in yourself? Why should it? I suspect thinking it does is a sign it was lacking in the first place.

    That I am misinterpreting women should be assumed out of hand.

    As to you observations, I think, yeah, they’re probably all true. I do not see how you do not see that that is the situation most people would be facing in college! & that, further, it should change your argument…

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  3. Ricochet Contributor
    Ricochet
    @TitusTechera

    Ricochet Editor’s Desk

    Titus,

    While we appreciate your substantive additions to this thread, let’s ease up a bit on the tone, which has been unnecessarily surly in some instances.

    Thanks for the compliment; consider it done; stick around for the light touch-

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  4. James Lileks Contributor
    James Lileks
    @jameslileks

    Misthiocracy:

    Arizona Patriot:I think that Benjamin Sisko was the best Star Trek captain.

    Captain Hikaru Sulu should also get an honourable mention.

    For Criminey’s sake. You have a thermonuclear shockwave coming at you on the X axis, you pull the yoke and do warp 9 on the Y axis. You don’t go into it bow-first.  To say nothing of being that close to Qu’nos and not have your long-range sensors trained straight on the Klingon home world.

    I mean, we were all glad he got the big chair, but that was inexcusable.

    </dork>

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  5. user_280840 Inactive
    user_280840
    @FredCole

    James Lileks:

    Misthiocracy:

    Arizona Patriot:I think that Benjamin Sisko was the best Star Trek captain.

    Captain Hikaru Sulu should also get an honourable mention.

    For Criminey’s sake. You have a thermonuclear shockwave coming at you on the X axis, you pull the yoke and do warp 9 on the Y axis. You don’t go into it bow-first. To say nothing of being that close to Qu’nos and not have your long-range sensors trained straight on the Klingon home world.

    I mean, we were all glad he got the big chair, but that was inexcusable.

    </dork>

    Sub-space shock wave.  You may not be able to see it until its close.

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  6. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    starnescl:

    Claire Berlinski:

    Bryan G. Stephens:I don’t like chocolate

    Neither do I. I’ve never understood what the big deal is.

    Both of you, there is still time to take it back . . . .

    No! Power to the revolution! Now there are two of us!

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  7. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    @Midge

    Bryan G. Stephens:

    starnescl:

    Claire Berlinski:

    Bryan G. Stephens:I don’t like chocolate

    Neither do I. I’ve never understood what the big deal is.

    Both of you, there is still time to take it back . . . .

    No! Power to the revolution! Now there are two of us!

    Three. An unholy trinity. Not me, Mr R.

    Which is fine by me. I’m happy to make the supreme sacrifice of taking chocolate y’all don’t want off your hands.

    Except for chocolate birthday cake. It always tastes like dirt.

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  8. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @DadDog

    I believe Lincoln was right on slavery (obviously), but Constitutionally wrong to prevent the Confederacy’s secession (and, therefore, to use force to do so).

    • #428
  9. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    @Midge

    Your standard cupcake is inedible.

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  10. Casey Inactive
    Casey
    @Casey

    Fred Cole:

    Miffed White Male:

    Fred Cole:

    Yeah, I think that the “friend zone” thing is something frustrated nice guy tell themselves when they’re younger. Once you understand women, it kinda falls away.

    Like any man can ever understand women…

    Sure you can. Its easy once you know how. First step is to stop treating women like an Other. Women are just people. Beyond that, there’s a few specific details. Once you know them, you’ve got the whole game.

    And if you’re married, and your interest in women (other than your wife) changes from sexual/romantic to gallant, then the whole thing is a hell of a lot easier.

    But the main barrier is to stop seeing women as an Other.

    Also, you have to be really good at lying.

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  11. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male
    @MiffedWhiteMale

    Casey:

    Fred Cole:

    Miffed White Male:

    Fred Cole:

    Yeah, I think that the “friend zone” thing is something frustrated nice guy tell themselves when they’re younger. Once you understand women, it kinda falls away.

    Like any man can ever understand women…

    Sure you can. Its easy once you know how. First step is to stop treating women like an Other. Women are just people. Beyond that, there’s a few specific details. Once you know them, you’ve got the whole game.

    And if you’re married, and your interest in women (other than your wife) changes from sexual/romantic to gallant, then the whole thing is a hell of a lot easier.

    But the main barrier is to stop seeing women as an Other.

    Also, you have to be really good at lying.

    “women are just people”.  Ha ha ha ha ha!  Fred, you’re a newlywed, right?

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  12. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @DadDog

    Casey:

    Troy Senik, Ed.:

    anonymous:I believe it is more likely than not that we are living in a computer simulation.

    This wins. This completely and totally wins.

    Nobody wins. You just go to the next level.

    Has anyone seen John?

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  13. Casey Inactive
    Casey
    @Casey

    Dad Dog:

    Casey:

    Troy Senik, Ed.:

    anonymous:I believe it is more likely than not that we are living in a computer simulation.

    This wins. This completely and totally wins.

    Nobody wins. You just go to the next level.

    Has anyone seen John?

    Sorry, I hit Delete.

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  14. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male
    @MiffedWhiteMale

    Ball Diamond Ball:

    Miffed White Male:In certain, very limited and extreme cases, genocide ain’t so bad.

    “Miffed” ain’t the word!

    I’m claiming the thread win in “believing what no else here does” for coming out in favor of genocide.

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  15. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @DadDog

    Troy Senik, Ed.:

    Tommy De Seno:

    Troy Senik, Ed.:1. The designated hitter position actually improves baseball

    Let’s keep this thread light and fun, Senik. No need for blasphemy.

    Sports, like most of life, benefits from comparative advantage. If every ninth batter is going to be someone with a .165 batting average, I’d just assume we pick someone at random out of the stands.

    It could be a team promotion: “The Random-Ticket-Holder-Faces-Aroldis-Chapman Night.”

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  16. Troy Senik, Ed. Contributor
    Troy Senik, Ed.
    @TroySenik

    Fred Cole:

    James Lileks:

    Misthiocracy:

    Arizona Patriot:I think that Benjamin Sisko was the best Star Trek captain.

    Captain Hikaru Sulu should also get an honourable mention.

    For Criminey’s sake. You have a thermonuclear shockwave coming at you on the X axis, you pull the yoke and do warp 9 on the Y axis. You don’t go into it bow-first. To say nothing of being that close to Qu’nos and not have your long-range sensors trained straight on the Klingon home world.

    I mean, we were all glad he got the big chair, but that was inexcusable.

    </dork>

    Sub-space shock wave. You may not be able to see it until its close.

    This feels like the moment that Rob starts denying that he was ever involved with something called ‘Ricochet.’ 

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  17. iWc Coolidge
    iWc
    @iWe

    Titus Techera:

    iWe:

    Ball Diamond Ball: even in a morally relative world, might doesn’t make right. It just creates inarguable facts.

    In a morally relative world, the Man in charge ends up defining the Good as whatever he wants.

    It is not so different from any corrupt politician. The rules do not apply to them, because they are in charge.

    When some man about to save the world gets power because of a divine law, terror ensues just as well. You maybe never read the book of Exdous–divine justice is really hard on everyone. But have you heard of Calvin’s Geneva? How about Savonarola? Have you ever heard of the English Civil War & the European religious wars?

    It has often been pointed out that revolutions fought by god-fearing people (such as the English Civil War and the US Revolutionary War) killed far, far fewer people than the French or Russian revolutions fought by godless intellectuals.

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  18. Ricochet Member
    Ricochet
    @DadDog

    Umbra Fractus:

    Western Chauvinist:

    Umbra Fractus:

    I also believe that Sola Fide amounts to salvation exclusively through butt kissing.

    Whoa there, cowboy. You lost me. Please explain.

    None of your actual deeds, good or bad, makes any difference regarding salvation; the only thing that matters is whether or not you pay homage to God in the proper manner.

    Me thinks one of us misunderstands sola fide.  I understand it to mean that we are saved by faith alone, not allegiance alone.

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  19. thelonious Member
    thelonious
    @thelonious

    I hate Christmas.

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  20. thelonious Member
    thelonious
    @thelonious

    I don’t own a gun or ever plan on purchasing one.

    The civil war was a destructive waste and wasn’t worth what it cost us.

    I think a large part of our economy is based on fraud and we’re due for a big collapse.  In this instance I may purchase a few guns if it’s a Mad Max scenario going on.

    Looking at all the recent photographs of Bruce Jenner he doesn’t look half bad.

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  21. Jackal Inactive
    Jackal
    @Jackal

    thelonious:Looking at all the recent photographs of Bruce Jenner he doesn’t look half bad.

    That’s got to be a more singular opinion than “genocide is ok sometimes.”

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  22. Knotwise the Poet Member
    Knotwise the Poet
    @KnotwisethePoet

    Miffed White Male:

    Ball Diamond Ball:

    Miffed White Male:In certain, very limited and extreme cases, genocide ain’t so bad.

    “Miffed” ain’t the word!

    I’m claiming the thread win in “believing what no else here does” for coming out in favor of genocide.

    Well, I was repulsed by the statement at first, but then I remembered how I do believe the Bible, and in the Old Testament the Israelites were commanded to wipe out the inhabitants of what would become Israel.  So, I guess I do agree with that genocide (always a disturbing thought to me, but I take it on faith).

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  23. Knotwise the Poet Member
    Knotwise the Poet
    @KnotwisethePoet

    thelonious:I hate Christmas.

    I’m thinking maybe you should change your avatar.

    grinch

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  24. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive
    Ball Diamond Ball
    @BallDiamondBall

    I believe that the Constitution as such is no longer an adequate basis for the government.

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  25. Umbra Fractus Inactive
    Umbra Fractus
    @UmbraFractus

    James Lileks:

    Misthiocracy:

    Arizona Patriot:I think that Benjamin Sisko was the best Star Trek captain.

    Captain Hikaru Sulu should also get an honourable mention.

    For Criminey’s sake. You have a thermonuclear shockwave coming at you on the X axis, you pull the yoke and do warp 9 on the Y axis. You don’t go into it bow-first. To say nothing of being that close to Qu’nos and not have your long-range sensors trained straight on the Klingon home world.

    I mean, we were all glad he got the big chair, but that was inexcusable.

    </dork>

    You can’t really blame Sulu for that. Treating space as if it were two dimensional has been a problem across all Star Trek series.

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  26. Umbra Fractus Inactive
    Umbra Fractus
    @UmbraFractus

    Dad Dog:

    Umbra Fractus:

    Western Chauvinist:

    Umbra Fractus:

    I also believe that Sola Fide amounts to salvation exclusively through butt kissing.

    Whoa there, cowboy. You lost me. Please explain.

    None of your actual deeds, good or bad, makes any difference regarding salvation; the only thing that matters is whether or not you pay homage to God in the proper manner.

    Me thinks one of us misunderstands sola fide. I understand it to mean that we are saved by faith alone, not allegiance alone.

    I’ve yet to meet any sola fide adherent who defines “faith” by any means other than, “membership in some Christian church.”

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  27. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive
    Ball Diamond Ball
    @BallDiamondBall

    John, even the most-naval Wrath is limited to at best 2.5 dimensions.  As Kirk and Spock correctly assess Khan’s shortcoming (Nomad Style), they still engage in it.  No reason for that pursuit to unfold as a submarine battle ( as when he goes down z 10k), nor as some sort of stately airship peek-a-boo, as in the scene where the camera looks down on one ship sailing upright in one direction, and then another ship far above it sailing upright as well in a different direction, but significantly above the first.  Why can we identify an up and down here?  Because the writers/producers/ director are trapped in two-dimensional thinking.  In the absence of a gravity well, “up” is the direction normal to your vector that you anticipate needing dv (you may quote me).

    One of the things that endeared Bab5 to me was the mostly anatomically-correct space logistics.  That and the magnificent Patricia Tallman, but that’s a different story.  Any fool can raise shields and blast bugs– those games are easy.  It takes real skill to dock without destroying both craft.  Those games are hard.

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  28. user_138833 Inactive
    user_138833
    @starnescl

    Jackal:

    thelonious:Looking at all the recent photographs of Bruce Jenner he doesn’t look half bad.

    That’s got to be a more singular opinion than “genocide is ok sometimes.”

    Ricochet Match Game anyone?

    B Jenner: The face that launched a thousand . . . BLANK . . .

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  29. Jason Rudert Inactive
    Jason Rudert
    @JasonRudert

    …Garbage trucks?

    • #449
  30. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive
    Ball Diamond Ball
    @BallDiamondBall

    Misthiocracy

    ToryWarWriter:First the fact that no one disagreed with my assertion that the CFL is superior to the NFL means you all tacitly agreed with me.

    Real men only need three downs to move ten yards.

    Real men score touchdowns from the friend zone?

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