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The Counterintuitive Pitch

Pitch Type:  Analytical 

The Counterintuitive Pitch acknowledges that a claim is not natural or obvious, unless the claim is logically decomposed. It is the exact opposite of the Common Sense Pitch.

What's a Pitch?

A pitch is a label for a commonly used argument or persuasion strategy.

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Eliezer Yudkowsky    Artificial Intelligence Researcher
...I hope [from reading this you will] gain an entirely new perspective on where your "identity" is located... ...if your brain were non-destructively frozen (e.g. by vitrification in liquid nitrogen); and a computer model of the synapses, neural states, and other brain behaviors were constructed a hundred years later; then it would preserve exactly everything about you that was preserved by going to sleep one night and waking up the next morning.

Steven Pinker    Psychology Professor
It's natural to think that living things must be the handiwork of a designer. But it was also natural to think that the sun went around the earth. Overcoming naive impressions to figure out how things really work is one of humanity's highest callings. Our own bodies are riddled with quirks that no competent engineer would have planned but that disclose a history of trial-and-error tinkering: a retina installed backward, ... goose bumps that uselessly try to warm us by fluffing up long-gone fur.

James Shikwati    Economist, Kenya
The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. ... Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems.

Eliezer Yudkowsky    Artificial Intelligence Researcher
Why would anyone bite a bullet that large? Why would anyone postulate unconscious zombies who write papers about consciousness for exactly the same reason that our own genuinely conscious philosophers do? ... on a core level, the sane thing to do when you see the conclusion of the zombie argument, is to say "That can't possibly be right" and start looking for a flaw.

Milton Friedman    Iconic Economist of 20th Century
The programs that are labeled as being for the poor; for the needy almost always have effects exactly the opposite that those that their well intentions sponsors intend them to have. ... The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying employers must descriminate against people who have low skills. To employ [a person] at [a higher wage] is to engage in charity. Now there's nothing wrong with charity, but most employers are not in a position [to] engage in that kind of charity.

Robin Hanson    Economics Professor
Dear angsty teen... ...the world... is indeed strange, fake, and wrong, relative to your inborn intuitions. ... A few of you will hold the most strongly to your inborn ideals, paying great costs to move or change. Some such efforts will even succeed, moving your world closer to your inborn ideals. But know that your world is stable enough so that if you actually “fight the power,” you will on average lose. Most of what looks like young “rebels” winning is actually part of the established order.