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11-16-2012, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
Even if we assume, wrongly, that genius arises from increases in population, that doesn't define an increase in the degree of separation between the upper-echelon talents. Again it comes back to placing a whole lot of faith in a numbers game, making the vast assumption that a bigger crowd produces the best genius.
So you don't think that there are more talented people if population is bigger?
Listen, the fact that population is bigger doesn't automatically mean that it produces the best genius. But the odds are higher that it will do and you can't deny it. And odds are also higher that bigger population will produce better 2nd best genius, 3rd best, 4th best and so on. So it's harder for #1 to separate himself from the others.

I don't wish to punish Harvey or any old-timer because they played in smaller league. But many of these discussion have gone absolutely the other way. Not crediting modern players. You can't totally dismiss that it's harder to dominate now than in the 50s. So in the end... if we have two players who have very similar resumes then modern player should get a small extra point. Not the other way around.

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