Scott Aaronson is quick to remind us: he’s a feminist.
He I live in a world where feminists throwing weaponized shame at nerds is an obvious and inescapable part of daily life.
All these over-the-top consequences – the mockery, the social expulsion, even being jailed – are ways our brain protects us from the fear of rejection.
The problem is that he – like many other nerds and Nice Guys – took all the wrong lessons from what he read.
I was terrified that one of my female classmates would somehow find out that I sexually desired her, and that the instant she did, I would be scorned, laughed at, called a creep and a weirdo, maybe even expelled from school or sent to prison.
And furthermore, that the people who did these things to me would somehow be morally right to do them—even if I couldn’t understand how.
Google will inevitably tell you that you have cancer.
By looking for information without context to you get results that are unhelpful at best and terrifying at worst.