May 23rd, 2008

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02:00 pm - don't quit your day job

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[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: May 26th, 2008 - 04:11 pm
I want to be a fly on the wall during a discussion where quantum physicists are having a conversation about a fellow colleague that they consider a "dumbass".

Also, I have weird aspirations.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: May 26th, 2008 - 04:13 pm
I dunno, the idea of a "dumbass" quantum physicist doesn't seem at all far-fetched to me. I've known plenty of people that had a serious aptitude for higher math that I wouldn't trust to feed a cat.

[User Picture] From: theonyx
Date: May 26th, 2008 - 04:20 pm
Exactly my point. I posit that there are people in every field that are considered dumbasses by their peers. This falls outside the whole "book smart but street dumb" thing and more or less pertains to someone who is a genius but still considered dumb. Mainly, it's a desire to see what the smarter consider "dumb" when it comes to the person's area of expertise.

Ironically, I've known people that I considered "dumb" label people that I consider "smart" as dumb for one reason or another. This falls back to what you just said; Dude could have invented anti-grav but be unable to negotiate the process of checking out at a grocery store. This, however, is much more common-place than a quantum physicist thinking a peer is retarded for his rendition of an unprovable theory.

...yeah, I'm having a meta-thought moment.

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