Lee Bressler from Davos; Joseph Henrich on Islamic exceptionalism; Katherine Boyle on extended adolescence; Scott Alexander's readers are really smart
“No offense, but I doubt that your average scores are that high. “
Yes but I like to think that those of us who read both sites are even higher!
The SATs were recalibrated in 1995 to make the scoring distribution more uniform and less bell curve-shaped, and it makes it harder to compare scores before and after that time. If you had a test score in the 600s before 1995, give yourself another 70 or 80 points to compare to today's kids, and if you scored in the 700s, give yourself another 40 or 50 points.
Yeah, it sounds like Alexander has a lot of liars in that poll or no one who scored under 1500 was willing to answer the question. I only remember my overall number (I only took the test once)- 1370 and that I scored higher on the verbal than the math.
I was a public school student in a poor county in eastern Kentucky, but when I reflect back on it, the school system was actually very good given the poverty of the area. I can say pretty honestly that I didn't take as much advantage of the good quality of my teachers because I was one lazy ****. I didn't figure out how to learn until I was already in college.
Sharp, but depressing essay by Katherine Boyle.
Re: Joseph Henrich's theories of comparative development. A worthy research program, but let's keep in mind Arnold's recent posts about causal density, complex phenomena, naive realism, and the like -- the case for cognitive humility. It's one thing for a (fascinating) theory or hypothesis to stimulate a sound line of broad inquiry. It's quite another to adduce dispositive evidence or to establish a theory.