What is the most annoying thing about smart people?

One of the more valuable scientific measures to know is the one which measures whether a mind is open or closed. And while this measure in its full form is quite complex, its basic expression is actually quite simple. And useful.

It all comes down to a single, tipping-point based question. Do you feel curious or do you feel certain? Curiosity is the test for an open mind. Certainty is the test for a closed mind.

Since there is always more to things than we can know at any given time, people who are certain are not smart, regardless of IQ. They’re closed-minded. Or to put it in dictionary terms, they’re arrogant. Whereas people who are smart are perpetually curious. Think Einstein. Think Descartes. Think Neils Bohr.

My point? Smart people are NOT annoying. They’re wonderful. Whereas pseudo-smart people, such as educated people who sport closed minds, are incredibly annoying.

(I originally answered this question on Quora.com)


Misconceptions About Asperger’s

I am a therapist almost thirty years. A few years back, a newspaper called asking to interview me. How can a man with Asperger’s possibly help others? As if having Asperger’s makes me an inhuman freak.

On Friday mornings, I see several people with Asperger’s. One, whom I’ll call “K,” wrote the following recently. When he showed it to me, I cried; for him, for me, and for every person the world has ever given a label to.

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On Becoming Yoda

One glance at my picture and you know how I spend my life. My wrinkles have wrinkles; everyday, I’m getting more. My point? According to the skin horse in the Velveteen Rabbit, when you’re real, you don’t mind such things. According to me, the more curious I become, the less I mind.

Do you mind getting older? Wrinkled? Gray? According to constellated science, all coins have two sides. Applied to becoming Yoda, I guess this means there must be both a bad and a good side to getting old. And this seems true. But I wonder why we mostly only see the bad side?