Not sure precisely what this means, but PZ directed me to this interesting site which attempts to measure what they call 'risk intelligence.' I scored pretty darn high (95 out of 100):

My 'calibration curve' (in gold) mirrors pretty closely a simple linear function (purple) related to the confidence actually felt by respondents to various questions. I don't think it means that I'm smarter than anyone else, but it does suggest that I have some awareness when it comes to thinking about my own thinking process. I find that comforting, somehow. Check it out: it's simple, quick, free and thought-provoking.


Richard said...

come on Scott, a little taunting about your score versus PZ's score seems in order.

Eamon Knight said...

Nyah, nyah: I got 96 ;-).

Scott Hatfield . . . . said...


It's hard to have much enthusiasm for taunting a guy on sabbatical when I've got my nose to the grindstone. I'd almost rather be in a pub in Ireland with a lower scale than be all self-aware here in Fresno.

Besides, this kind of knowledge is not any guarantee of either happiness or certitude. As Wesley says, "Let reason do all that reason can: Employ it as far as it will go. But, at the same time, acknowledge it is utterly incapable of giving either faith, or hope, or love; and, consequently, of producing either real virtue, or substantial happiness."

Richard said...

It goes without saying that we'd all rather be in a pub in Ireland.