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"True breakthroughs in all sorts of fields seems to happen with folks who seem to be part of a formal or informal cliques ... The challenge is to find and encourage the formation of more clusters well in time where further expansion and attraction of talent can happen.". I think you are fully right here, and the future of education should bring together necessary tools (people, inventions, directives, methods, etc.) in order to lead to more breakthroughs in the world.

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Nov 23, 2022ยทedited Nov 23, 2022

Rohit, are genius clusters a lรก Hungary an indicator of something going on at a level we are innately blind to? Kind of like occupying a part of a de Sitter manifold we don't have access to? You obviously are a genius of the lateral connectivity type. Congratulations, though your burden may be the innate profundity you see in everything. The multiple right answers. The ideas coming faster than you have time to write them down....

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That's very kind of you to say! Though I wonder if the clusters we see as somewhat of an emergent phenomenon, rather than something intrinsic. Which is a far more optimistic lens on it from my point of view.

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Nov 23, 2022Liked by Rohit Krishnan

Epiphenomena are like bubbles in a boiling pot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Interesting to me is that point of interface between water and bubble. But even though that is ostensibly a surface layer phenomena, the issues go deep indeed! No reply necessary and I'll stop with all the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

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> It's that oftentimes there existed translucent and tenuous maps that showed potential routes to actually conquer these fields.

Just like Richard Hamming said to work on problems that have an attack vector

https://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/YouAndYourResearch.html

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Thanks for this, interesting!

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I looked up all of the Hungarian "geniuses" on wikipedia.Quite surprisingly they are all, all of them, Jewish-- although several converted to Christianity for probably social and career and perhaps actual survival reasons.

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Yeah, Scott Alexander explores that link in a couple places also iirc. What the links therefore could've been (coincidence, genetics, cultural) is definitely an interesting area of study..

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