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29 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 May 2008 08:51AM

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Comment author: Hopefully_Anonymous 24 May 2008 01:13:03AM 1 point [-]

"And the Village Idiot, born into the world of Idiocracy, might have been too relatively brainy to play well with the other kids, and ended up reading books during recess."

Eliezer, I think this whole frame of analysis has an element of ego-stroking/sour grapes (stroking your ego and perhaps the ego of your reading audience that defines brainy as being Einstein-like, and that defines social success as being inversely correlated, because y'all are more Einstein-like than you're socially successful).

The empiricism based seduction community indicates a braininess advantage in being able "to play well with the other kids".

I've resisted this thread, but I'm more interested in James Simon and the google founders as an example as the high end of braininess than the Albert Einsteins of today.

The most popular kid at recess is probably the smartest kid that cares about popularity factoring the different gradient kids who care about popularity have to work against to achieve it. It's an open question whether or not they're smarter than the kid reading by themselves -that's best resolvable, in my opinion, when the two of them compete with each other for a scare resource that they BOTH value.