[SEQ RERUN] Selecting Rationalist Groups
Trying to breed e.g. egg-laying chickens by individual selection can produce odd side effects on the farm level, since a more dominant hen can produce more egg mass at the expense of other hens. Group selection is nearly impossible in Nature, but easy to impose in the laboratory, and group-selecting hens produced substantial increases in efficiency. Though most of my essays are about individual rationality—and indeed, Traditional Rationality also praises the lone heretic more than evil Authority—the real effectiveness of “rationalists” may end up determined by their performance in groups.
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