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If doing something is easy for one type of person and hard for another type of person, you might do that thing just to get people to think you're the former type of person, even if the thing isn't in itself worth doing. This could explain many facets of human behavior, and reveal opportunities for reducing waste.
  
 
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*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/06/why-signals-are-shallow.html Why Signals Are Shallow] - "We all want to affiliate with high status people, but since status is about common distant perceptions of quality, we often care more about what distant observers would think about our associates than about how we privately evaluate them."
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/06/why-signals-are-shallow.html Why Signals Are Shallow] - "We all want to affiliate with high status people, but since status is about common distant perceptions of quality, we often care more about what distant observers would think about our associates than about how we privately evaluate them."
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/06/signals-are-forever.html Signals Are Forever]
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/06/signals-are-forever.html Signals Are Forever]
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*[http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2008/05/hanson_on_signa.html Robin Hanson on Signaling (Econtalk Podcast)]
  
 
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