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It's not just that the tails stop being correlated, it's that there can be a spurious negative correlation. In any of your scatterplots, you could slice off the top right corner (with a diagonal line running downwards to the right), and what was left above the line would look like a negative correla...(read more)

This very much reminds me of Michael Polanyi's notion of the ubiquity of "tacit knowledge." See his book "Personal Knowledge."

Great post, Eliezer.

On a separate note, a lot of readers here would probably like Venkat's blog linked above.

For some reason, I'm reminded of the passage from the opening of Augustine's Confessions -- in the true spirit of autobiography, he describes how he learned words and ideas as an infant by being shown extensional definitions: <blockquote> 13. Did I not, then, as I grew out of infancy, come next to ...(read more)

Andy McKenzie -- that was my first thought too. Folks can view the scene here.

FYI, if you look at Asch's 1955 Scientific American article, the lines on the cards were a little closer in length than in the example shown above.

I'm still not sure what you're getting at -- want to email me at Thanks.

Video -- I have no idea what you're talking about??

Not to get too sidetracked, because your overall point about education is well-taken, but this:

<i>A recent study here in the Bay Area showed that 80% of teachers in K-5 reported spending less than one hour per week on science, and 16% said they spend no time on science. Why? I'm given to underst...(read more)

The post reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from a Hitchcock movie (which I transcribed a while back, knowing it would be useful at some point in the future).

In Hitchcock’s 1938 movie The Lady Vanishes, the heroine Iris Henderson is traveling on a train in the same compartment as an old lady....(read more)