Unusual Opinions I have

Last Updated ⬆️: 10th Jan 2021
First Published 🕰: 1st Oct 2020

Sometimes I think weird things 🤪. Here's a whole bunch of the weirder or more controversial opinions I hold, along with a super rough percentage of how likely I think that statement is to be true or my confidence in that statement (see my post on thinking in probabilities for more on why that's important). If I've written a post 📖 on the idea or theme of the opinion then I've turned it into a link to that post. Enjoy and remember to tell me why you disagree, I'm sure you'll find some to disagree with 😉.

My opinions and confidence in these statements changes all the time. This list was last updated on the 10th January 2021.

  • All religions are wrong about their ideas of afterlife, God, creation and basically all the magical sounding stuff (99.9999% chance of being true)
  • Earning more than £60,000 does not substantially make people happier and should be taxed heavily, above 80% (60% agree with this statement)
  • Humanity’s main goals right now should be to stop people dying and trying to get everyone to live indefinitely (90% agree with this statement)
  • Lizard people are real, out there and watching (alas 0.0001% agree with this statement)
  • Religion does more long term harm for humanity than good (70% chance of being true)
  • Privacy is unnecessary unless it's specifically related to preventing criminal activity (60% agree with this statement)
  • It's better to save an 18 year old than a 1 year old, in the impossible event that you can only pick 1 (65% agree with this statement)
  • Abortion is fine at any point before birth (80% agree with this statement)
  • It's good to positively discriminate (to a degree) when it comes to tackling discrimination (70% agree with this statement)
  • Coronavirus will overall be a positive event for humanity (20% agree with this statement)
  • Eating a full grown swan will give you its powers of flight (99.9% agree with this statement... lol, jokes 0.000001%)
  • Top athletes or people in the armed forces don't deserve more respect than Joe in accounting who does nothing of note in his life (70% agree with this statement)
  • Self development should be part of the national curriculum (90% agree with this statement)
  • Nothing really matters so focus on enjoying your life (95% agree with this statement)
  • Companies do more good for the world than governments (60% agree with this statement)
  • In general everything keeps getting better (80% agree with this statement)
  • Technological advances will get to a point this century where we will be able to live for thousands of years (50% agree with this statement)
  • Within this century the human race will either go extinct or we'll all be able to live for thousands of years (60% agree with this statement)
  • It's immoral to eat meat (70% agree with this statement)
  • We are living in a simulation (10% agree with this statement)
  • The ideal end goal for humanity is to live indefinitely in simulations, kinda like the matrix but without the evil robots (60% agree with this statement)
  • Friends are more important than family (90% agree with this statement)
  • The government do a great job (70% agree with this statement)
  • Facebook has done more good than harm for the world (70% agree with this statement)
  • Guns should be illegal (95% agree with this statement)
  • Capital punishment should be banned everywhere (95% agree with this statement)
  • Patriotism is bad for humanity (70% agree with this statement)
  • Genetic engineering is okay (70% agree with this statement)
  • Genetically engineering everyone to look like Elvis should be compulsory (🕺 0.00001% agree with this statement)
  • Smoking should be banned in public (60% agree with this statement)
  • It's okay not to vote if you think any of the parties that could get in are fine (70% agree with this statement)
  • There should be a basic free version of the internet supplied by the government (80% agree with this statement)
  • Universities shouldn't all be free (80% agree with this statement)
  • The physical world does not exist it is a figment of my own mind (5% agree with this statement)
  • I am the only concious being (10% agree with this statement)
  • We do not have free will (80% agree with this statement)
  • Conciousness can be entirely explained by the physical processes that occur in our brain/body. There is no separate "soul" (85% agree with this statement)
  • It is possible to transfer our minds into the machine (90% agree with this statement)
  • Beans on toast is great (100% agree with this statement)