The Flaws of Rankings Power Rankings

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  1. Ranking things under the pretense that treating opinion as fact is somehow humorous in its absurdity, while we each secretly wish that our opinions were treated like fact
  2. Ranking things under the pretense that the external world isn’t inexorably altered by our perception of it
  3. Ranking things under the pretense that we have the ability to truly communicate our feelings with one another
  4. Ranking things under the pretense that the world hasn’t already changed between the time the things are ranked and when those rankings are read
  5. Ranking things under the pretense that said rankings aren’t at least partially the product of the norms of the society they come from
  6. Ranking things under the pretense that people won’t be divided into halves that believe that rankings should be earned by past performance and those that should be projected for future performance
  7. Ranking things under the pretense that the word power has any meaning left in our cultural vocabulary
  8. Ranking things under the pretense that adding a numbered list to anything lends it an air of authority
  9. Ranking things under the pretense that people read any ranking other than the single item on the list that they personally care about
  10. Ranking things under the pretense that objective truth exists
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