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btrettel 26 July 2015 03:33 PM
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Forgot one point in my reply. One poll on prestige suggests that engineers are seen as more prestigious than professional athletes. Prestige and value are not the same thing, but I thought I'd point this out anyway.

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melian 28 July 2015 05:04 AM
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I wish this poll reflected reality, but Iím afraid most people are not giving sincere answers. They may simply be afraid of looking shallow if they rank athletes above scientists or engineers. A better test of their real attitudes may be to ask them to name all famous living scientists or engineers they know and compare that to the number of famous athletes.

The poll also suggests that more people would encourage their children to become scientists than lawyers. If this is true, I donít understand why the majority of science students in universities are immigrants or children of immigrants.


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Fwiffo 28 July 2015 07:16 AM
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Usually polls are collected for statistical purposes. If the answers will not be associated with their identity there would be no motivation to keep appearances. Is there any reason to believe that names were ever even collected?

While all observation is theory dependent this kind of polls are pretty close to what is the most direct emprical access to opinions.

I could imagine a lot of LW folk to "update on evidence" when faced with emprical reserach that conlifcts with their personal beliefs. Is the university student distribution of stronger methodology? Are you sure you would be bothered by the methodology even if the results were the opposite?

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VoiceOfRa 29 July 2015 09:13 PM
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Usually polls are collected for statistical purposes. If the answers will not be associated with their identity there would be no motivation to keep appearances. Is there any reason to believe that names were ever even collected?


This is an "adaptation executors not fitness maximizers" type of situation.


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