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I want to create a site, similar to OKCupid, but instead of comparing personalities, and willingness to try things in bed, it compares people's “models of realities”

Everyone has a model of reality that has rules, here is a very basic one that I hope everyone would agree on: “If I drop a golf ball on cement, it will hit, make noise, and bounce upwards but to a lower elevation then I had dropped i t from, and then it will repeat this until it has lost all of its energy in the form of heat, sound, and kinetic energy via air and cement resistance”

But a lot of people, when it comes to the more abstract things such as where and how knowledge is derived from and what tools or methodologies can and cannot be used to determine the nature of reality, they get it entirely wrong.

You can't pray to god, for instance. And you especially cannot pray to god and expect an answer – but oh man, a LOT of people think knowledge and reality can be determined by doing such things.

If this OKReality site had very specific questions, and had the basic setup of OKCupid with “Answers I'll accept” and then Irrelevant, Mandatory, etc options – you could find people who share 90% or 99%

Why is this awesome?

Firstly - it will allow people who have the same construct of reality to find one another. This will allow them to talk in detail about certain issues - instead of debating if evolution is true or not they can debate why bilateral specialization persists within many animal populations. This will allow them to not only correct the minor flaws of one another's construct of reality by debating, providing evidence, etc with each other – but also allow them to explore and develop their construct of reality into more detail. This would give them a hugely competitive advantage over other people and allow them to be happier in life, live longer, be richer, have more friends, have more sex, more security, etc since they have a better grasp on reality and all that stuff. BAM! what need doesn't that meet? That's a super useful site!

Secondly, you can set it up to show statistics like “ALL of your questions you answered are logically consistent and your construct of reality is compatible with 10% of the site” and “Your answer to this question disagrees with 90% of the entire population, but is compatible with the largest logically consistent group, making up 5% of population.

This is highly important because people like Christians, Astrologers, Homeopathics, and Wiccans are not going to EVER be consistent with themselves or their counterparts - they will often have answers that contradict their own answers on questions worded differently, and especially other people, and known observed facts. So while the main population and user base might be Christians, they might not agree that the bible should or shouldn't be taken literally, that evolution happened alone, or with help of creationism, or is entirely wrong and that the earth was created in 6 days and is only 6,000 years old.

I bet the site would then end up having the largest group of people that are logically consistent with one another be people with a scientific background, skeptics, and otherwise be a minority of the general worlds population. This is almost like democratically voting on what construct of reality is the right construct - since they are logically consistent with each other and themselves more so then any other group. Everyone could learn from this as it gives good grounds for questioning certain beliefs “Oh, hmm the most logically consistent group says that sin does not actually exist – but I think it does, perhaps I should reconsider?”

Of course, If i were to do this site, I would try to be entirely unbiased in how the questions are written. I suspect logically consistent bubbles would form – such as the bible literalness/creationists would tend to all agree with one another since they all believe all knowledge can be derived from the bible. (and it would break into bubbles of king james version vs new english version, etc)

These different bubbles could be tracked and have their answers compared to empirically verified, falsifiable claims like “A golf ball bounces on cement” or “Evolution has been observed in real time in the laboratory” – this would be a toggle option for users, and it could color code the bubbles – RED for being wrong about observed fact, but since it is a bubble logically consistent with itself/user base” and Green could be “Logically consistent with observed reality via the scientific method, and with its user base” – and of course people incompatible with bubbles could also be color coded – and it could all be shown on a representative map.


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