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You mat find this data interesting. Assuming that the number of patents is a good proxy for innovativeness, there is a strong correlation between innovativeness and the test scores at the age of 13.

I'm not denying that a correlation between test scores and innovation exists. Goodhart's law. I'm saying that the person who spends 500 hours with SAT prep is going to be less innovative than the person who spends those 500 hours on LW or another intellectual pursuit.

Asian students optimize for test scores while people on LW don't. The Asian student wants that his parents are proud because he scores highly on a test while the average person on LW doesn't care that much. That results in Western college students spending time on LW while Asian students don't.

Apart from that optimizing for numbers of patents is a bad idea. It results in a lot of bogus patents getting granted.
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