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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: Robin_Hanson2 28 March 2007 07:55:49PM 1 point [-]

So what exactly is the bias at issue here? There are tradeoffs in social norms that favor or discourage inequality and bragging. Is it obvious that some choice here is the wrong choice?

Comment author: TimFreeman 25 May 2011 11:13:26AM *  2 points [-]

Is it obvious that some choice here is the wrong choice?

One wrong choice is to choose mediocrity because modesty is easier when you have nothing to brag about.

Another wrong choice is to choose mediocrity because if you fully exploit your talents then you'll get success that would be inaccessible to people lacking those talents.