Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tyler Cowen Says: Go See 'Three Identical Strangers'

Tyler Cowen writes:
Few movies serve up more social science.  Imagine three identical triplets, separated at a young age, and then reared separately in a poor family, in a middle class family, and in a well-off family.  I can’t say much more without spoiling it all, but I’ll offer these points: listen closely, don’t take the apparent conclusion at face value, ponder the Pareto principle throughout, read up on “the control premium,” solve for how niche strategies change with the comparative statics (don’t forget Girard), and are they still guinea pigs?  Excellent NYC cameos from the 1980s, and see Project Nim once you are done.
Definitely recommended, and I say don’t read any other reviews before going (they are mostly strongly positive).



  1. Thank you for posting this. I cannot wait to see this. Another example of real-life being more fantastic than fiction.

  2. "Who would be evil enough to come up with something like this?"

    My suspicion was confirmed. Every. Single. Time.