Is it really so hard to grasp a bell curve? That there may be an optimum level of inequality for a functioning society and we are on the other side of that?
An open letter to Paul Graham
Rick Webb
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It wouldn’t surprise me if it is in fact intrinsically harder to hold a nuanced, non-linear mental model of the world in ones head. Humans tend to think in black and white terms. Without getting too political there is some research on “low effort thinking” that suggests that its less work from a cognitive perspective for people to hold certain beliefs. Which of course shouldn’t be used to suggest that people who hold such beliefs are stupid (simple doesn’t mean wrong) but its interesting nonetheless.

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