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There are two kinds of smarts :
The theoretical smarts and the life application smarts.
And that people should be respected for these differences.
I'm sure glad I grew up believing this and passing it on to my kids.
The world is already full of arrogant smarty pants it'd be nice not raise anymore potential contribution. :)
 
You Are Not Stupid

“So what do you do for a living?” I always cringe a bit when that question comes up among strangers, because when I reveal that I’m an astrophysics professor the response is almost always the same. “Um…wow…. You must be really smart!”

While it’s often intended as a compliment, it really isn’t. Smart didn’t allow me to become an astrophysicist. Hard work, dedication and the support of family and friends did. It’s also one of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists that one can have: scientists are smarter than you. Part of this stems from the idolization of brilliant scientists. Albert Einstein was so smart that fictitious quotes are attributed to him. Media buzzes whenever Stephen Hawking says something about black holes. Any quote by Neil Tyson is a sure way to get likes on Facebook. We celebrate their genius and it makes us feel smart by association. But this stereotype of the “genius scientist” has a dark side.

For one there’s expectation that to do science you must be super smart. If you struggle with math, or have to study hard to pass chemistry, you must not have what it takes. The expectation to be smart when you don’t feel smart starts to foster a lack of self confidence in your abilities. This is particularly true if you’re a girl or minority where cultural biases presume that “your kind” aren’t smart, or shouldn’t be. Lots of talented children walk away from science because they don’t feel smart.

Then there’s the us vs. them mentality that arises from the misconception. Scientists (and fans of science) are smart. Smarter than you. You are stupid. But of course, you’re not stupid. You know you’re not stupid. The problem isn’t you, it’s the scientists. Scientists are arrogant. For example, when I criticized a particular science website for intentionally misleading readers, the most popular rebuttal was that I (as a scientist) was being elitist.

Where this attitude really raises its head is among supporters of fringe scientific ideas. Some of the strongest supporters of alternative scientific ideas are clearly quite intelligent. Presidential hopeful and evolution denier Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon. Pierre Robitaille made great advances in magnetic resonance imaging, but adamantly believes that the cosmic microwave background comes from Earth’s oceans. Physicist and Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever thinks global warming is a pseudoscience on the verge of becoming a “new religion.” None of these folks are stupid.

If there’s one thing most people know about themselves it’s that they’re not stupid. And they’re right. We live in a complex world and face challenges every day. If you’re stupid, you can quickly land in a heap of unpleasantness. Of course that also means that many people equate being wrong with being stupid. Stupid people make the wrong choices in life, while smart people make the right ones. So when you see someone promoting a pseudoscientific idea, you likely think they’re stupid. When you argue against their ideas by saying “you’re wrong,” what they’ll hear is “you’re stupid.” They’ll see it as a personal attack, and they’ll respond accordingly. Assuming someone is stupid isn’t a way to build a bridge of communication and understanding.

One of the things I love about science is how deeply ennobling it is. Humans working together openly and honestly can do amazing things. We have developed a deep understanding of the universe around us. We didn’t gain that understanding by being stupid, but we have been wrong many times along the way. Being wrong isn’t stupid.

Sometimes it’s the only way we can learn.
One of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists is that they are smarter than you.
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#40 days of summer, #27

That moment when you thought you are the most important person in the party but actually there are more people who thought they are the most important.
Yeah, Assumption is the mother of all f... up. :)
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#40 days of summer, #29

Be genuinely open.
Let people into your life and into your heart.
But keep a bit of common sense. :)
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#40 days of summer, #30

Beauty and love is all around and within you.
Cherish it. Share it. Even moss has it's moment. :)
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#40 days of summer, #32

When you eat savour each bite.
You'll never know when you lost that sensation . That biting and chewing is actually a great thing. :)
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mmmmmgood mmmmmgreat mmmmmbeautiful Be there in 5 minutes. just joking haha 😂 Wishing you a wonderful beautiful great summer sunny Sunday Morning. God bless 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎸 you 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 🌷 
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Don't be catty.

Not all scars are visible. Be kind. :)
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#40 days of summer, #27

That moment when you thought you are the most important person in the party but actually there are more people who thought they are the most important.
Yeah, Assumption is the mother of all f... up. :)
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Those just because moments...
Treat yourself to a spa, get a massage or just put your feet up and have a cup of tea. Let the next person on the line go first. :)
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#40 days of summer, #30

Beauty and love is all around and within you.
Cherish it. Share it. Even moss has it's moment. :)
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Balls don't grow on men nor on trees.
But anyone can aspire to be brave and courageous. :)
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Don't be catty.

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Just existing is not enough. Live.
Have some sunshine. Bugs and buggers are part of nature too. :)
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Lived in countries with languages I didn't speak. Won the war between my stomach and the local food . :) Been to safaris several times and survive a bee sting on the Brugge canal. What?! You expect I just let those fanged wild beasts to mangle me? :) Swam with whales and few sharks. ( no darling, they don't bite :) ) Dislocated my shoulder trying to reel in a really huge catch on one utterly memorable fishing trip. Yes, I like my sushi fresh! :) By the way , I was wearing high heels when I did all these. Just kidding! Only on my power walks. :) And oh. I'm so into travels, cultures, foods, theatre, cinema, music , fashion, tech and a bit of politics. Also, a fairly good cook. Cheers! :)
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