Re: Opinions as Evidence

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 26 Mar 1997 16:22:55 -0800 (PST)

> Time limits suggest I better wrap up my conversation with Lee Crocker.
> ...
> Yes, if you are confident that most people in history were especially
> sloppy thinkers, and if you are one of the rare careful thinkers, then
> you shouldn't give other's opinions much weight. But this can be good
> advice for at most very few people.
> Regarding the claim that most people in history were wrong about most
> things, the question is what other cognitive strategy would have
> enabled them to be wrong less often. I claim that for the vast
> majority of them, ignoring the opinions of their comtemporaries would
> have just made things worse.
> Robin D. Hanson

With these contentions I have little disagreement, including that now would
be a good time to wrap things up. Thank you for the exercise, and if you
have any particular books in mind that you think I may have missed, I am
happy to entertain recommendations (but please, please, not _The Fourth
Turning_! :-)

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