[ExI] Life @ Playstation
anders at aleph.se
Mon Nov 5 11:18:37 UTC 2012
On 04/11/2012 20:05, Stefano Vaj wrote:
> On 4 November 2012 19:03, James Clement <clementlawyer at gmail.com
> <mailto:clementlawyer at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Most geniuses of this caliber are not turned on by money or power,
> but generally want to facilitate making their vision of the future
> happen. Most of the ones I've met are humanitarian types.
> In principle, this is a simple Paretian (or Darwinian?) issue. In a
> society where the best thief is king, those who are best mostly choose
> to be thieves. Why shouldn't they?
Motivations are complex. People seek out roles not just based on their
expected reward, but whether they fit with self image and a long list of
criteria (often surprisingly badly researched even in smart people - how
many people spend the same effort weighing future careers as selecting a
Looking at this diagram of IQ ranges in occupations
it is clear that there is a prepoderance of higher status occupations in
the smarter end. But not all of them are well paid - college professors
are on par with legal occupations, but the latter pay far better. Same
thing with highschool teachers and finance/accounting, and so on. Also
worth noting is that intelligent people can be found in nearly all
occupations: there are fewer in the low-status ones, but still some.
The smarter you are, the more options you have.
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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