Arnold Kling  

Robin Hanson and Curt Flood

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He writes,

It sees to me that while people do vary in conformity, this variation is less in how much folks care about others' evaluations, and more about which others they care about. "Conformists" tend to care about a common standard status audience - a usual mix of people weighted by a standard status. "Non-conformists," in contrast, "march to the beat of a different drummer" by caring about non-standard status audiences.

When I was growing up, we had a phrase "Curt Flood's daily miracle" to indicate that he would routinely make plays in center field that other outfielders could make rarely, if at all. Robin Hanson's blog leaves me with the same feeling.

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Doc Merlin writes:

conforming nonconformists.

Daniel Klein writes:

Excellent quotation from Robin.

It is very Smithian. Smith's organon was to see all moral judgment enshrouded in sympathy (that is, mutually coordinated sentiment regarding the propriety of an action).

The sympathy may be with a being that is only imaginary. But even then it is the being that is imaginary, not the sympathy, according to Smith.

mark writes:

Agree with your assessment. Wow.

Chris T writes:

"If you want to be one of the nonconformists all you have to do is dress just like us and listen to the same music we do"

Mike Rulle writes:

Hmmm. I would love to see the operational experiment on that hypothesis. My two cents is a non-conformist is "inner directed" and less concerned about conforming to either the standard or non-standard opinions of others----however defined.

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