June 7, 2005

What are the odds that Gregory Cochran will win a MacArthur Genius Award?

Slim or none?

Every year the liberal MacArthur Foundation gives out a half million dollars each to a couple of dozen "geniuses." You might think that Cochran would epitomize the kind of genius that some wealthy foundation would like to support: the ornery independent-minded thinker with a long track record of original insights, but you'd be wrong. The philanthropic establishment likes to reward people who are well-connected, not people who come up with new and important ideas.

My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer

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