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Jake Maddox

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Do you find it difficult to engage in intellectual conversations with people in general?

It happens to me all the time. My wife encourages me to have dinner with her friend and her friend's husband. "It's the opportunity to socialize and meet new interesting people!", she proclaims. And yet the same boring conversations unfold. The guy rambles on about how many yards this guy ran, and how many interceptions this guy threw, and did you see how many spiders that guy ate on Fear Factor, etc, etc. I ask something like, "Hey, did you see that they possibly discovered the Higgs Boson at the LHC?" And the guy looks at me like I'm from Mars, "The LH what?". Then my wife makes a comment like I'm a nerd then everyone laughs. I'm far from a social misfit or hobbit, I just prefer to discuss things that stimulate me intellectually. I hope I don't offend anyone for saying so, but most of the time I feel like I'm surrounded by people that are intellectually challenged, to put it kindly. And maybe that's just it, if you consider that the average intellectual quotient is around 100. They're easily entertained and amuzed to watch television shows cataloging the "real world" of college kids living in a house together, arguing over who got the most trashed the night before at the club.

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    Sep 1 2012: In my electronics courses in college, we had one girl in the whole class(1977). She took a lot of ribbing from time to time. One day we were talking about God and she told us this joke which I thought was very thought provoking:

    "In my opinion, God is most certainly an engineer", she said.

    "Really?" we responded. "In what way?"

    "In the beginning God created Man, is this not correct", she offered.

    We nodded in agreement.

    "And then he created woman, right?", she continued.

    We nodded in agreement.

    "Well, doesn't an engineer always create a prototype before building the finished product?"

    End of story.

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