[FoRK] social alienation...

Sat N sateesh.narahari
Fri Sep 23 11:35:07 PDT 2005

Its easy, the moment you realise that everybody else you encouter are more
intelligent that you are, the conversation becomes easier. Its amazing how
much better other person responds when you acknowledge their smarts :)

If you think you are smarter than the other folks - its just that your brain
isn't fast enough to understand their point of view.

On 9/23/05, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> Some of us are luckier than others:
> * Science fiction fandom has its share of morons, but it also have
> quite a few smart people, especially if you find one of the specialty
> conventions catering to people that actually read books.
> * My son's school is a gifted-only private school -- about 60 kids
> now -- and the parents group is great fun. I've been calling it the
> support group for the formerly gifted, which it is (sort of) -- not a
> single slow or average person, and a couple of scary smart types, and
> many stories of not fitting in while growing up, at work, etc.
> * MIT alumni clubs *sometimes* have really smart, interesting people
> to talk with, but it varies. Best club meeting we ever had was when
> we met one of the guys that had started the MIT science fiction
> society 30 years earlier. We had more in common with him and his wife
> (we were about 25-30 years younger) than with younger people at the
> meeting.
> * My wife is Phi Beta Kappa (political science at MIT) and their
> annual dinners can be interesting; the people are almost always smart,
> although not always "gifted" -- some people got in by sheer hard work
> rather than any sort of talent or deep interest, and like the MIT club
> meetings, I'm not interested in people that join these sorts of groups
> to "network" and brown-nose.
> * I can also get along with anyone who's obssessed/in love with what
> he or she does. If they have passion and depth in a particular area,
> it makes up for any general lack of "giftedness." Heck, I've even had
> good conversations with golfers -- if they truly love the sport, the
> history, the paraphenalia, etc. it can be fascinating (for a
> while...).
> So, the key ingredients:
> * Raw intelligence if possible
> * Genuine interest or devotion to one or more subjects, preferably in
> areas that interest you
> * Familiarity with common social conventions, e.g. clean fingernails
> and deodorants
> Ken Meltsner
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