Perhaps the most amazing thing about Robin Hanson is his determined literalism. He listens to your exact words, and evaluates your specific statements as true or false. If you want to reach truth, it really helps to have someone like Robin around. I for one am deeply greatly for his scrutiny.

Here’s a fine example of Robin’s at his best: Tyler wrote quite a bit about his colorful colleague Robin Hanson. Robin reviews Tyler’s literal claims one by one.

My main reaction: It’s too bad every idea doesn’t pass through Hanson’s razor. It would save us all a lot of time.