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Online Polarization: Suffocated By My Overgrown Green Beard

[Content note: this post contains brief discussion of a suicide attempt] In 2007, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote an essay in which he argues for a social physics understanding of group extremism.  Why do cults often become stronger after the failure of a prophecy?  How do online forums become echo chambers?  Yudkowsky makes a physical analogy to evaporative cooling:

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