The Foresight Institute Podcast

Robin Hanson, George Mason University | Deflecting The Sacred

March 03, 2023 Foresight Institute Season 1
The Foresight Institute Podcast
Robin Hanson, George Mason University | Deflecting The Sacred
Show Notes

Robin Dale Hanson is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate at the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He is known as an expert on idea futures and markets, and he was involved in the creation of the Foresight Exchange and DARPA’s FutureMAP project. He invented market scoring rules like LMSR (Logarithmic Market Scoring Rule) used by prediction markets such as Consensus Point (where Hanson is Chief Scientist), and has conducted research on signaling.

When attempting to affect change in the world, you will inevitably run up against concepts that others consider sacred. This creates a very tough barrier to change, especially if you are trying to change something like democracy, family, or religion. The essence of sacred is the bond shared between those who consider a particular idea sacred. It’s difficult to see things the same when seeing them in high resolution, so sacred things tend to be seen in abstract detail, even when looking at them up close, to allow for concensus.

Session Summary: Robin Hanson, George Mason University | Deflecting The Sacred - Foresight Institute

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