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ShardPhoenix comments on Why the tails come apart - Less Wrong

115 Post author: Thrasymachus 01 August 2014 10:41PM

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Comment author: ShardPhoenix 27 July 2014 01:07:38AM *  28 points [-]

So in other words, it's not that the strongest can't also be the tallest (etc), but that someone getting that lucky twice more or less never happens. And if you need multiple factors to be good at something, getting pretty lucky on several factors is more likely than getting extremely lucky on one and pretty lucky on the rest.

I enjoyed this post - very clear.

Comment author: Thrasymachus 02 August 2014 02:08:09AM 6 points [-]

^^ but not, alas, as clear as your one paragraph summary! Thanks!

Comment author: Vulture 08 August 2014 02:51:30AM 1 point [-]

Should the first "pretty" there be "very", or am I misunderstanding the point?

Comment author: ShardPhoenix 08 August 2014 03:58:28AM 3 points [-]

To put it more simply, there's no causal reason why the tallest shouldn't also be the strongest - it's just unlikely in practice for anyone to be both at the same time, because both traits (super-height and super-strength) are rare and (sufficiently) independent.