For people who are even moderately bright, it’s easy to see the rest of the world as stupid. The delusion that one’s own self is uniquely immune from error, or slow thought, or sheer intellectual perversity, is easy to buoy up when you associate with people of one’s own inclinations only, especially if they are of a similar intellectual capacity.

But even geniuses can be fools, and even the slowest wits can cling to wisdoms that confound self-satisfied smarties.

Some skepticism about self proves more useful than the easy skepticism we direct against people or ideas we have every inclination to disbelieve.

The person who is “too clever by half” is the person caught in his own web of belief, with no idea he’s trapped.

File this under NOTE TO SELF as well as NOTE TO EVERYBODY.

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