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July 23, 2002

Stupid Studies: A New Academic Discipline

"Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid" by Robert J. Sternberg sounds like an interesting book. Here's a quote from this Salon review:

"Perkins lists eight deadly sins of the stupid smart person, which seem to sum it all up rather elegantly: impulsiveness (doing something rash), neglect (ignoring something important), procrastination (actively avoiding something important), vacillation (dithering), backsliding (capitulating to habit), indulgence (allowing oneself to fall into excess), overdoing (like indulgence, but with positive things) and walking the edge (tempting fate). That sounds like my entire life, actually. Yes, that explains a lot. "

To echo the reviewer, that sounds like my life, too, minus the impulsiveness.