I sometimes wonder about this. One hypothesis I have is that some not-insignificant portion of the intelligent, technical sort of people that would work on the types of projects I have in mind are also more likely to either a) not be pleasant people to be around for extended periods or b) don’t like being around other people for extended periods.
Full disclosure, I barely tolerate living with my wife and kid! (I say in a serious/not-serious way) So I’m kind of imagining a lot of people like me.
Quite a lot of the intelligent rationalist people in the Bay area live in group houses. While that’s certainly not true for all rationalists there are a lot that like the group house setting.
Definitely! I didn’t mean to imply there were none of these types of people willing to live with others.
In fact, if my hypothesis has some truthiness to it, I think I would expect some sort of bimodal distribution.