In the end, the proposer leaves, the meangirls cheer, and they wait for the next victim.

The thing is, it’s a conversation that often goes no place but hurt feelings for the proposer and it usually happens in groups, which exhibit stereotypical meangirl behavior.

Examples of meangirl behavior in these situations is friends clicking many likes on the fallacy reader and other forms of “me too” and “yeah you’re just a [insert suspected stereotype of the proposer]” from the peanut gallery.

In the end, the proposer leaves, the meangirls cheer, and they wait for the next victim.

One of the wonderful things about Skinner, even if he went a bit far, is he proved quite well that objective behavioral analysis has its place, and when combined with transactional analysis (knowing the scripts people are using), you can predict behavior and work around it.

I hung around philosophy forums last year just for that reason. I wanted to get nimble at the format and master the script being used, not to use it on them, but to find the gaps and the holes that they were incapable of seeing, because they were following the scripts and I wasn’t.

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