[ExI] re end of world

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Fri Sep 11 19:57:14 UTC 2015

On 2015-09-11 17:02, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> I noticed over the 35 years of teaching  that as a term progressed the 
> people that I came to know who performed at the top on my tests 
> morphed - the girls especially.  They became more attractive to me.  
> But there was one guy who I would have voted as the ugliest person 
> I've seen who got top grades and somehow lost his ugliness.

It is known that the opposite effect happens: beautiful people are 
perceived as smarter.
without actually being smarter:
Feingold, Alan (March 1992). "Good-looking people are not what we 
think". Psychological Bulletin 111 (2): 304–341. 
(But see Kanazawa
for an opposing view that I am not very convinced by; one should really 
go to the empirical literature and dig in rather than wave around theorems).

In any case, maybe learning that somebody is intelligent will cause a 
halo effect making us think they must be beautiful too?

(Leaving aside how sparkly personality or other cleverness can 
compensate for a homely appearance. That is how I do it. Sparkle sparkle 

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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