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When you meet a genuinely intelligent person
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Capt Haddock
Posted - 11 June 2018 21:48
...who is equally oblivious of his capabilities, is a proper nerd (the original version), only finds joy upon discovering something new in his area of expertise, is leaps and bounds ahead of any ordinary comprehension of maths / science by ordinary and yet is down to earth....

yeah those - rare to come across and always a delight to meet.

Met one of those in the little group on quantum physics earlier tonight.

Oddly reassuring.
Tom Linorder
Posted - 11 June 2018 21:56
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Nice to meet you too Capt. See you next week?
Capt Haddock
Posted - 11 June 2018 22:05
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heh

jokes aside, the evening did assure me that this world is not just about brexit or trump or AfD or petty inanities or even the projects that are bogging me down at work. It was not ordinary intelligence. it was the way intelligence was meant to be...the way we understood it as kids. Simple, unvarnished and lucid.
Robert Lucas
Posted - 12 June 2018 06:50
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I know what you mean. There was a fantastic photo, on the day the Giant Hadron Collider started up, of a lecture hall full of physicists looking up at a video feed from, I suppose, the inside of it. They just looked so innocent and so happy.
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 12 June 2018 09:13
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When the news broke a year or two ago about the detection of gravitational waves, I kept thinking about those physicists who spent years in the middle of nowhere building this giant interferometer, their daily job closer to that of an electrician's or plumber's (making much less money than actual electricians and plumbers), all in the hope that someday they may have a functional piece of equipment to collect some data that may or may not support a hypothesis.

It takes a special breed.
185 sleeps till Christmas
Posted - 12 June 2018 09:19
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Not to dumb it down or anything, but it's a bit like that scene in the latest season finale of 'Big Bang Theory' when the wedding of Sheldon and Amy is delayed because they suddenly discover Super Asymetry and the excitement distracts them and Leonard.
Rhamnousia
Posted - 12 June 2018 09:24
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what pp said

imagine dedicating your life to one of the legs that turns out to be a massive dud
Robert Lucas
Posted - 12 June 2018 09:25
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Is there a law equivalent of this kind of joy in the thing for its own sake? Not the winning or losing. I am stumped to think of an equivalent. Except on one rare occasion when the absolute best, right, person got appointed to a judicial post that needed someone good. Anything else?
185 sleeps till Christmas
Posted - 12 June 2018 09:34
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I remember a bloke who used to work in know how whose entire life was dedicated to updating precedents. He seemed to get more joy from that than any of us using them with clients.
Coracle Lolling
Posted - 12 June 2018 10:12
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Is there a law equivalent of this kind of joy in the thing for its own sake?

Have you never read a funkymonkey thread on here?
Perfidious Porpoise
Posted - 12 June 2018 10:20
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"He seemed to get more joy from that than any of us using them with clients."

Totally understandable--you don't have to deal with clients!