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NOUN (sense 1) Unit of measure: The distance between what one thinks is important and its actual importance.

NOUN (sense 2) Someone who chronically inflates the significance of something could be said to be a Pigliucci.

ORIGIN Early 21st Century (2014): Coined by Author and Neuroscientist Sam Harris, named for Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York Massimo Pigliucci.
Sense 1

Soldier 1: My boots are dirty.
Soldier 2: Dude, we're being shot at, that is like a million Pigliucci away from what matters right now.

Sense 2

Soldier 1: Oh no, now my shirt is dirty as well.
Soldier 3: Can you believe this guy?
Soldier 2: I know right, he's such a god damn Pigliucci.
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The distance between what one thinks is important and its actual importance. This is a new metric proposed by Sam Harris at Twitter.
Sam, “Many of my critics fault me for not engaging more directly with the academic literature on moral philosophy . . . I am convinced that every appearance of terms like ‘metaethics,’ ‘deontology,’ . . .directly increases the amount of boredom in the universe.”

Massimo, "This is so mind-boggling, what you are saying that the whole of the only field other than religion that has ever dealt with ethics is to be dismissed because you personally finds it boring. Is that a fact or a value judgment, I wonder?''

Sam, "Don't be a pigliucci, please."
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