How Smart People Become Stupid

post by Dominik Tujmer · 2019-09-06T19:04:28.609Z · score: 10 (7 votes) · LW · GW · 4 comments

link to the video

This is the second short movie I made for my YouTube channel Um.

In this one, I tried to give key insights from Arguments As Soliders, Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People [LW · GW] and The Smart Are MORE Biased To Think They Are LESS Biased.

If you think I should have approached the subject in a different way, have omitted/should have omitted something, or anything else at all, I'd be glad to hear it. One day, I may make a revised version, or a 2.0.

What topics would you like to see explored in this format?

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comment by mr-hire · 2019-09-06T19:28:30.271Z · score: 10 (7 votes) · LW · GW

What are your goals for the videos? If you're trying to get a large audience, one thing I might suggest is to pick a specific topic that people are familiar with, and use that as a lens to explore a topic. Slate star codex does this really well.

Compare "The Map is not the Territory" (only interesting to people who already know the phrase) to "Why climate models are bad at predicting climate change" which could explain map territority distinctions and bayesian reasoning through the lens of explaining why you believe in climate change, even though any given climate model is likely to be wrong. I think this sort of "Newsjacking" strategy is a great way to insert yourself in the conversation, create more rational discourse, and build an audience.

comment by Dominik Tujmer · 2019-09-09T08:03:19.437Z · score: 3 (2 votes) · LW · GW

You're totally right, I'll think about how to do this for the upcoming videos. Thank you for this very good advice.

comment by Yoav Ravid · 2019-09-09T09:47:21.288Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

liked the video, i think you improved from the first :)

Specifically -

I think the thumbnail is better, more eye-catchy and likely to get clicked.

the title is better, i think many people would wonder "huh, why do smart people become stupid?".


A few points for improvement -

the intro was nice, but not really attention grabbing.

You used a lot of clips of people talking, which was good, i think you could mix it up a bit with some audio from them here and there, can make the video a bit more fun (and even give examples).

The subscribe thing at the end was a jump scare, not so nice.

You should engage with commenters, Either liking their comments or replying.


all in all - I think you're doing a good job, and i subscribed, keep going :)

comment by Dominik Tujmer · 2019-09-12T19:31:40.881Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

Will do. Thank you!