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Friday Hypothetical #3 – The Pill

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You are offered a Brain Pill. If you swallow this pill, you will become 10 percent more intelligent than you currently are; you will be more adept at reading comprehension, logic, and critical thinking.

However, to all other people you know (and to all future people you meet), you will seem 20 percent less intelligent.

In other words, you will immediately become smarter, but the rest of the world will perceive you as dumber (and there is no way you can ever alter the universality of that perception). The Pill 1

Do you take this pill?

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  1. Considering that most dumb people perceive people smarter than them as dumb (given that they are too stupid to recognize that they are, in fact, the dumbass), taking this pill wouldn’t really change anything at all

  2. I agree with the above …
    Therfore … I will take the pill and learn more for myself!! 🙂

  3. Genius + 10% isn’t much gain. I think I will pass.

  4. I would enjoy being smarter. Although I already perceive myself as a pretty intelligent person, knowledge is power and I would enjoy having a greater intelligence. I’d take the pill. Screw what everyone else thinks.

  5. I think it’s always an advantage to be smarter: better able to make the right decision, think clearly, and not have to use a pencil with an eraser to do the New York Times crossword puzzle. And having people think you’re dumber than you are makes it that much easier for you to exceed their expectations, should it become necessary.

    Where’s the pill?

  6. I would NOT take the pill. Here’s why, the assumption seems to be that if you were 10% smarter, you would be 10% better, or 10% more successful or 10% happier.
    The fact is that being successful, happy, or productive rarely has anything to do with your brain power. The smarted man on earth (at least the man with the highest record IQ) is named Chris Langan. He is currently unemployed and lives on a goat farm in the Midwest.
    Most people have more then enough “intelligence” for their chosen careers and interests. What many lack is drive, and commitment and self-confidence.

    I would not take the pill because it says that you will immediately perceive other people as much dumber then they are. How will that effect how you treat them? How will they perceive you? Does anyone like dealing with people who act like they are smarter then you and talk down to you?
    I think the damage it would do to your friend, your family, and your career goals would vastly outweigh any benefits the increased brain power would give you.

    To paraphrase SNL’s Stuart Smalley, “You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, And (as long as you don’t take this pill) people like you.”

  7. It shouldn’t matter what other people think of you – ever – because their opinion is based on their value scale and prior life experiences. But if you would need to get a job, you may be overlooked. So, I would start my own business and rock the world!

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