Re: IQ test question?

Robin Hanson (
Mon, 14 Dec 1998 10:34:11 -0800

Damien Broderick wrote:
>I solved this sideways by going into a seminary for a couple of years,
>before escaping to university and a life of sin. But the legacy of my
>totally fucked schooling meant that I didn't get my PhD until I was in
>my forties, and it's a bit late in the day to start a career as a
>professional philosopher at that stage.

Well now that explains a few things about you! Yes, it is hard for older students to start an academia career, but if they succeed I think they bring with them valuable perspective and spunk. Older students seem less likely to mold themselves to fit the standard personality and style of their discipline, and seem less likely to internalize the discipline's ideas of what the interesting questions are. While these are seen as negatives in junior people, they become "creativity" and other positives in more senior people.

Robin Hanson   
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