The phantom Tyler Cowen

Here is a rough paraphrase of my words yesterday to one of my doctoral students:

"It is not I, Tyler Cowen, your doctoral advisor, who will give you the most aid on this dissertation.  It is the Phantom Tyler Cowen inside your head.  You have a model of me, a pretty good one, and you know what I will object to and what will delight me.  The Phantom Tyler Cowen objects, in your head, before the real Tyler Cowen has much of a chance.

That is why the real Tyler Cowen is sometimes so silent."


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