Lauren A. Rivera’s Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs is a depressing book because it tells how the world works: Pedigree takes readers behind the closed doors of top-tier investment banks, consulting firms, and law firms to reveal the truth about who really gets hired for the nation’s highest-paying entry-level jobs, who doesn’t, and why.
Prestige and status obsession is consistent with feminization. A properly ordered man won't go that way at all.
That is nonsense. Men crave status and prestige in order to maximize their ability to attract females (i.e., reproductive advantage). Females pursue men perceived to be high status and thereby having many resources. Evolutionary biology, nothing to do with feminization of men. When status relied on maximizing resources through hunting and conquering men with physical prowess and little risk aversion were at the top - now it's men with family connections in addition to risk aversion.
This perfectly sums up the life philosophy of "Neutral Evil" people.
Hanson: For example, employers have little patience with candidates who didn’t pick the most prestigious possible college or job, but were swayed by other considerations. Such as topics of interest, limited money, or the needs of a spouse or family. A “serious” person always picks max prestige. Always.
Since "prestige" is what gets you picked for "power", those who always pick "prestige" are always picking more power. Prestige signaling is how the predatory class who want to *rule* signal their predatory nature to the other predators. Their class consciousness is what makes their rule possible, along with the obliviousness of the non-predatory.
The whole job of a "consultant" is to figure out what you already want to do and justify it. That way, if it fails, you say "hey, we hired the best consultants money can buy" and you get let off the hook for the disaster.
The Harvard Business school study a while back showed that firms also strongly preferred taller candidates, to the exclusion of other factors...
This was really, really hard to read. Not just the content, but the way it was written.
many complain that I put too much emphasis on the concept
Interesting given that the Appeal to Authority is locked in a death struggle with the Genetic Fallacy for the title of Most Popular Logical Fallacy in the World, and "prestige" is central to that appeal.
For all the other "boring", "bookworm", "nerds", Pierre Bourdieu's theories of cultural capital and habitus are an interesting framework for understanding this.
Sure, but how the most elite people train and compete seems like small potatoes, because there are so few elites. If colleges mimic elite colleges, that is a much bigger problem. Obviously they do, but I'm not sure how fast it attenuates as one travels down the status cline.
Also, that the consultants come out of their jobs with prestige seems to me worse than that they go into them with prestige. You can say that prestige should be about what people accomplish, but people claim that it already is about accomplishments; people claim that working at or just getting a consulting job is an accomplishment. It is this laundering of prestige that seems the big problem.
Those who buy their services know what they are buying.
It's striking to me how closely this Drive for Prestige matches the Narcissistic personality profile, and why all our leaders appear to be narcissists. The traits cannot be separate.
So when you woke up the next day and found that all the Harvard lacrosse brah did for you was to validate some decision you already made, and for that he made off with huge sums of your money, how are you not angry?
Do these people also learn magic spells that make you not notice their con?
I dont understand. Would you mind phrasing it differently?
Google had extensive "Quizes" for their would be employees and cut them back extensively because they found through data collecting that they are a bad predictor