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JoshuaZ comments on Vanity and Ambition in Mathematics - Less Wrong Discussion

9 Post author: multifoliaterose 12 October 2010 05:49AM

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Comment author: JoshuaZ 12 October 2010 05:04:21AM 3 points [-]

Hard to distinguish here between lack of status games and heavy countersignaling. Also, this may not be true just for math but for other areas as well.

If this is true for math more than other areas then the most probable explanation is that math is a low status but highly intellectual area to go in for many notions of status (especially in highschool and some parts of college). So you are more likely to get people who don't care about status as mathematicians.

Comment author: multifoliaterose 12 October 2010 05:56:16AM *  1 point [-]

Thanks for your comment.

Also, this may not be true just for math but for other areas as well.

I completely agree. I wrote about math because it's what I know best, not to suggest that the phenomenon that I allude to is true for math more than for other fields. If I incorporate this discussion board posting into a top level posting, I'll mention this.

I addressed the rest of your comment in my revised post. (I accidentally posted to the discussion area prematurely before completing the post that I was working on - still getting used to the discussion area.)