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Re: Don't we WANT someone smarter than we are?
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The problem is, I think, largely because of a stereotyping of "eggheads" as being either unemotional and distant (a la Spock) or a little bit crazy (every "mad genius" ever, good or evil).
It's kind of understandable, since one of the hallmarks of truly well-educated people is the ability to think and speak calmly about things that are actually quite upsetting, even to them. Another is to become very involved in their subject of specialization, which may very well make no sense to anyone who doesn't follow it. So "smart people" seem able to dispassionatly discuss major problems, while simultaneously getting all hot and bothered about what sounds like total nonsense to 90% of the population... It's just a fundamental misconception which has, unfortunately, been used too often to discr
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