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Author Topic: The Science of Snobbery  (Read 886 times)

kyrathaba

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The Science of Snobbery
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:57:53 AM »

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Re: The Science of Snobbery
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 01:39:19 PM »
Read the first section, and dont really relate much (note: I'm no big fan of 'high-culture', the opposite in fact, but I do love music, including classical).
I was wondering was there a telling quote that would inspire me to read further :D :P


No worries, I'm reading onwards :up:
Tom

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Re: The Science of Snobbery
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013, 05:54:46 PM »
It was an interesting read, but very fragmented. I struggled with the whole see-saw thing with all the examples.
Attempting to define intuition in more depth would have been helpful - I thought he made a few assumptions en route.

This quote really confused me:
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I'm not claiming that the predictions of experts are fundamentally worthless. … Take doctors. They're often excellent when it comes to short-term predictions. But they're often quite poor in predicting how a patient will be doing in five or 10 years. And they don't know the difference. That's the key.

"They dont know the difference" - how exactly?
"That's the key" - to what?
and then I ask why is he quoting this - and I cannot see.

The Mark Zuckerberg reference went over my head as well - no, I didnt follow the link (I presume I shouldn't *have* to in order to understand this article). Sometimes I'm slow in picking up on things, but other times I pick up on things that others just read over - not sure which is going on here.

The intuition thing definitely is interesting - I tried to explain my comment above (about assumptions), but found myself floundering a bit... maybe another time.
Tom