Academically gifted individuals who're really dense irl


#1

Ever met some of these? How on earth do you talk to them?


#2

you mean scatterbrained professor types?


#3

No reason to bother tbh


#4

There are many forms, that is certainly one. Also people with just no common sense whatsoever but you find out they’re a doctor in something or other and you’re like but they can’t interpret basic social interactions. What’s up with that?


#5

guy who plays for our sunday league team. Thick as pigshit, got a PhD


#6

They’re autistic?


#7

Um, no.


#8

See: My old job at Oxford.

Fucking idiots most of them.


#9

Incredibly racist idiots, some of them.


#10

dunno, i assume academia is pretty easy for people who have a strong work ethic


#11

There seem to be lots of politicians/ex-politicians who went to Oxbridge who frequently make colossally stupid statements.


#12

went to school with loads of these. all seemed really thick but got amazing A-levels. saw loads of them a few years later in the local paper having gotten a first in their degree.


#13

Not sure I understand. Could you dumb it down a bit for me, please?


#14

He means they got a 16, 17 or 18 in their Intelligence roll but fucked up and got a 6 in their Wisdom and Charisma scores.


#15

u wot m8*

*d20


#16

:smiley:

Don’t pretend you don’t know. @saps!


#17

you ever hear that thing about selecting fighter pilots? they want someone smart enough that they are capable of following procedures but not too clever because then they over think things and cause problems.

dunno if that’s true or not I just like to pretend that’s the reason i could never be a fighter pilot


#18

One of the main attributes required for being a pilot (or an air traffic controller) is decisiveness. That tends to be found in people that aren’t naturally drawn to long bouts of thinking. Usually it doesn’t make them thick as such, just incredibly annoyingly self-confident.


#19

When you have one interest, one career path and one life if you’re functional at that you probably become poor at adapting to anything else (or so lazy that you stop bothering)

For what its worth - the academic management in the University I work at are no more intelligent or qualified than the regular academics, but they’re always a LOT funnier.


#20

I know a couple of people who did really well academically, but they seem to treat every conversation as if they’re in some university debating society (I didn’t go to uni so don’t know if debating societies actually exist).

That doesn’t make them dense, but can make them insufferable, particularly if they’re doing that while in the kitchen at a house party at 2am when everyone else is arguing about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.