Robin Hanson and Curt Flood
By Arnold Kling
It sees to me that while people do vary in conformity, this variation is less in how much folks care about others’ evaluations, and more about which others they care about. “Conformists” tend to care about a common standard status audience – a usual mix of people weighted by a standard status. “Non-conformists,” in contrast, “march to the beat of a different drummer” by caring about non-standard status audiences.
When I was growing up, we had a phrase “Curt Flood’s daily miracle” to indicate that he would routinely make plays in center field that other outfielders could make rarely, if at all. Robin Hanson’s blog leaves me with the same feeling.