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Is there a name for this bias?

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Link: Compare your moral values to the general population

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CiteULike is quite nice for this.

Connotea is a similar "personal research library" service but it doesn't let you store PDFs, just links to articles.

Even considering that, the 3% figure still seems wildly implausible. This would require something like 90% of the population thinking they pay 0% taxes, and the remaining 10% thinking they pay 30% taxes (which is still an underestimate). The PDF that Louie linked to doesn't explain what the numbe...(read more)

This is a great article, but it only lists studies where SPRs have succeeded. In fairness, it would be good to know if there were any studies that showed SPRs failing (and also consider publication bias, etc.).

Here is a very similar post on Ask Metafilter. (It is actually Ask Metafilter's most favorited post of all time.)

Here's an insightful comment on the article:

This is the same reason that when shopping on Amazon I ignore the reviews from people who rated the product 1 or 5 stars. They often have an ulterior motive of trying to damag...(read more)

Related positions include operations research analysts and quants at finance firms.

It's a useful exercise for aspiring economists and rationalists to dissect charity into separate components of warm fuzzies vs. efficiency. However, maybe it's best for the general population not to be fully conscious that these are separate components, since the spirit of giving is like a frog: you...(read more)

> These people comment only on difficult, controversial issues which are selected as issues where people perform worse than random.

Related, maybe they only comment when they have something original and unorthodox to say (selection bias). It's easy to echo conventional wisdom and be right most of t...(read more)

I had the same issue with the Schwartz test. It seems not to correct for people who rate everything high (or low).

Talib Kweli is nonreligious, so I'm not changing the meaning of the quotation. "God" is often used poetically. Example:

> "Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not."

Albert Einstein

Even if Kweli were religious the point would not be to put words in his mouth, but to reapply a beautiful quota...(read more)