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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 2 2012: it is not uncommon thing that you are observing. it happens everywhere. that is why the social networking is so popular because here you can choose to whom and what you want to discuss. but in society we find all kind of people and then we have to talk to them the things they like to. but i think the world would become humour less and become stiff we dont find various colors of people.

    Suppose in a B'Day party, everyone is talking about Men's new adventure to go to Mars. the kid in question would certainly like to have some noise and laughter. the fact is we, the people who are discussing at TED are somewhat different from others, that is why we are sitting here and not in front of tv but then we have to go to society and talk to them because we are part of it. They also contruibute to society in other way if not in the intellectual way. every one is important.

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