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Xah Lee @xah_lee
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sometimes in programing language design, you know something you don't like, but can't explain it well. Only years after, you found the exact reason, able to explain it as logic, and to have short describtive phrase, that when people hear, they go ah.
A name for a thing/concept, or descriptive phrase, is very powerful. When you don't have it, you mumble and people don't buy it. When you have it, sometimes it can even help falsity. For this reason, many cults, are full of jargons, unix hacker cult, perl, scientology, sjw.
for example, popular jargon in programing include: timtowtdi (perl), KISS, DRY, unix philosophy, patterns, agile. sjw jargon includes: microagression, cis, gaslighting, safespace, intersectionality.
there is something drastically different going on in the brain, when you hear some description/explanation of a thing or concept, versus a word/phrase for that thing/concept. (even if you haven't heard of it before) they have different psychological and perception effects.
Some jargons, are specifically designed to amplify cult's power. e.g. you won't talk about flying pigs. But suppose they have a word wawaba. Now you have to ask what it is, now u r talking about it. Further, u now have to argue about wawaba at length. Suddenly, wawaba spreads.
A very good example of this type of jargon is intersectionality. and, by the way, recently there is a new jargon, “intellectual dark web” or IDW. It is exactly doing the same thing. (even though these jargons came from 2 opposing camps)
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