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January 1, 2011

Nerds: It's time for them to go

Nerdiness is, at its core, a manifestation of clever silliness.
Nerds and their fellow travelers conflate cleverness and intelligence and suffer – and make everyone else around them suffer – because of it. Being able to do complex math in your head or invent elaborate theories about the hidden meanings of Star Trek episodes does not make you smart, they just mean you’re good at wasting your brainpower on things that don’t matter. Modern society encourages cleverness and punishes intelligence, which is why Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner direct the American economy while the people who could actually fix the recession are virtual unknowns. -- Intelligence is for stupid people

Posted by Vanderleun at January 1, 2011 5:53 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Thank you for finding this, Gerard!

Posted by: cond0010 at January 2, 2011 10:34 AM

Its only January 2nd and already we have (in all probability) the post of the year.

Come to think of it, its only 2011 and we may already have the post of the decade - but I amy be a little premature...

I can see why you put this on the sidelines twice, Gerard. Thanks!!!!

Posted by: cond0010 at January 2, 2011 10:43 AM

"Being able to ... invent elaborate theories about the hidden meanings of Star Trek episodes does not make you smart, they just mean you’re good at wasting your brainpower on things that don’t matter."

A stronger condemnation of the humanities could not be written: just substitute Proust, Joyce, Aeneid, etc. for Star Trek. Whole academic departments have been founded on wasted brainpower about hidden meanings.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 3, 2011 5:22 AM

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