Thursday, April 24, 2008

Social Locardism

I always try to be the dumbest person in my little circle of friends. Which isn't to say that I'm stupid; my friends are all just really, really, smart. I've always believed that surrounding myself with people dumber than me wasn't going to enrich my life much, and that hanging around and talking to really smart people might make me smarter through some sort of intellectual Locard's Exchange. I think I'll coin a new phrase here:

Social Locardism: The tendency of every individual to both bring and take intelligence from other individuals whenever two or more individuals come in contact.

Have you ever listened to some moron talk for a few minutes, only to leave the room feeling substantially dumber than when you arrived? Or, conversely, have you ever been in a room full of rocket scientists and felt just a little smarter after hanging around with them? THAT is Social Locardism at work, my friends.

So... to all the people I routinely share a beer, a laugh, or some chori-cheese with, thanks for propping me up intellectually.

To the others: stay away! Your stupid is rubbing off!

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