May. 3rd, 2015

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It's tough to be a smart person in a dumb world.

When I was in 4th grade, I had a miserable, mean teacher named Mrs. Middleton. She was the sort of lady who wore a smile on her face that had a depth of about a micron—she certainly didn't have a pleasant soul. I remember many incidents that caused her to rank in the lower tiers of my instructors, but the one that sticks out the most went as follows:

I had done or said something that displayed my somewhat above-average intelligence, and Mrs. Middleton took umbrage. She sneeringly asked me, "You think you're so smart! How would you like it if everyone was as smart as you?"

I answered, quite innocently, "I would love it. Then I'd have people to talk to."

Perhaps this is why Poul Anderson's 1954 novel, Brain Wave, which explores the aftermath of an event that causes every living thing with a brain to become about four times smarter, resonates so strongly with me.

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