Looks don’t mean anything

What is this guy’s deal?

 

 

His name is Artur Avila. He won the Fields Medal, the Nobel prize in math. These photos demonstrate why Munger’s article on our psych biases is genius, for the unbiased reality is that looks don’t count for math. 

And when we can’t control these biases, we eventually achieve sectarian violence and persecution of religious, ethnic and sexual minorities. We elevate the wrong people to leadership positions, who are then willing to inflict huge social losses for small personal gains.  We forget Lincoln’s words: freedom to the slave is freedom to the free. 

Spinoza risked his life to write about the social virtues of diversity that we in the West take for granted. Jonathan Israel puts Spinoza as the creator of us all. 

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