I'm confused.

Viliam: Non-conformity usually means low social skills

This is a descriptive statement about reality. I happened to disagree with it.

And what I say is, essentially, "let's do it (or at least let's not have a norm of going in the opposite direction)".

This is prescriptive statement about... I'm actually not sure what. Let's be successful? Sure, let's. But it has nothing to do with non-conformity.

Note that in esr's example the nerds are successful and good at social games. But they are not successful because they're good at social games.

Let's be successful? Sure, let's. But it has nothing to do with non-conformity.

Let's be successful through cooperation, which conformity is an ingredient of.

For people to cooperate, they have to agree on the project they cooperate on, and also agree on the general strategy to accomplish this project. With perfect Bayesian reasoners, the agreement would be achieved by Aumann's Theorem. With humans, certain doze of conformity is required to overcome the remaining differences in opinion remaining after people have already updated on each other's opinions.

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