To learn more about the sacred, I tried a few more Twitter polls. And one interesting meta datum I learned here is that few are curious about the sacred; when I asked for suggestions for more questions to ask, I got only one suggestion. Seems most are embarrassed by the sacred, and would rather pretend it doesn’t exist.
In Christian times, Truth would have been a sub-category under God. That may explain why there aren’t separate holidays for it.
You may need to publicly accuse them of not being interested in normative inquiry (many philosophers aren't). Then they will be forced to do it out of shame.
Consider the hypothesis that the typical person without exposure to Robin Hanson does not often use the word "sacred" in such a broad way. The dictionary definition is primarily about religion and gods, with other dictionary senses only by analogy to the religious sense.
Your followers seem to think so - they judge many things as "sacred," but think that other people mostly would only judge that family, God, and love are sacred. Perhaps your followers are right that most people use the word in a more literal sense.
Perhaps the self/other for governance should be replaced with "do you file your taxes"... people say they/others have low most sacred for it, yet ritually pay into it...
But they report others in the world as having just a low reverential attitude toward medicine.
You express a much less reverential attitude toward medicine than average, so the people who want to read you are going to be selected for finding that take congenial.
I'm pretty open to working with many people; they just need to indicate their interest.
I think you need to enlist more co-investigators who are not in your ideological camp. Agnes Collard is a great start, but I think you need more.
Yes, but the frequency of that is very low compared to rituals for other sacred things.
We do have a ritual for truth/honesty. When someone speaks in court or in an official setting in government (e.g., a citizen speaks during a city council meeting), the person is sworn in. Someone asks, "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?" (That last phrase gets dropped in urban settings.) After this incantation, the speaker then soon speaks/provides testimony, and everyone presumes they will speak the truth.