Friday, July 18, 2008


Who is the smartest/wisest person in the English speaking world?

  1. You can't say me, and if it occurred to you, please rephrase the question by ending it "in the English speaking world, other than me?"
  2. For me, and so for the sake of this question, smarts are the ability to consider complicated topics, like cutting edge astrophyics, while wisdom is the judgment that precludes a smart person from studying something irrelevant to human society at large, for example, cutting edge astrophysics.
  3. I bear no ill will towards anyone outside the English speaking world (or astrophysicists), it is simply that, even if I had their e-mail address, it couldn't be much of a conversation.

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