[ExI] re end of world

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 20:03:33 UTC 2015

It is known that the opposite effect happens: beautiful people are
perceived as smarter.

I do know of one case in which it is harmful to be good-looking:  if a
woman is charged with a crime and it appears that she has somehow used her
looks to commit that crime, she is judged more harshly than a plainer
looking woman.  It might be the same for men - I dunno. bill w

On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 2:57 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> 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.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_attractiveness_stereotype
> without actually being smarter:
> Feingold, Alan (March 1992). "Good-looking people are not what we think".
> Psychological Bulletin 111 (2): 304–341. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.111.2.304.
> (But see Kanazawa
> http://personal.lse.ac.uk/kanazawa/pdfs/I2004.pdf
> 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 sparkle.)
> --
> Anders Sandberg
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Oxford Martin School
> Oxford University
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