Sunday, December 07, 2008
And, while on the subject of intelligence, Frank Rich wonders if Obama is making the Kennedy mistake of thinking clever people understand the real world. It depends what you mean by clever, of course. There's clever meaning stupid, as in those bankers and mathematicians who created VAR, or there's clever meaning smart, as thinkers like Nassim who can both talk the talk and walk the walk. The difference is the degree of attachment to the real world, Nassim being very attached. Yet cleverness tends to be associated with detachment, valuable in the case of Einstein, fatal in the case of anybody with power. The image that should haunt us all is that of Comic Book Guy, the cleverest man in Springfield.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:41 am