Are You Blinded By Your Own Smarts?

Then he laughed into my eyes. By Josh Pesavento
Then he laughed into my eyes.  Photo courtesy of Jose Pesavento.

Too much knowledge can turn you into an idiot.  The curse of knowledge is that problem where experts in a field are unable to explain their great knowledge to a lay audience, because they can’t bring it down to earth.  The speaker might have good information about the base knowledge of their audience, but they just don’t “get” that their audience hasn’t taken the introductory course in their subject area.  It’s odd that someone can be highly esteemed for their knowledge, yet get short-tempered with the very people who hold them in high regard.  I think this is why it’s so hard for experts in two different fields to communicate with one another.  There is a special skill set in talking to intelligent people who don’t understand what it is that you do.

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