Friday, December 09, 2005
Have you ever found yourself being too erudite for your own good? Stay with me now ye of little attention; imagine that you're with friends who you haven't seen in some time and suddenly a mundane question or proposition turns into an onslaught of calculus and number theory. One asserts that all integers are interesting and then goes on to prove the claim through mathematical induction. Or another questions how to make cars go faster and their aquaintance speeks greek about the flux of the wind vector field across the infinitessimal surface area of the car body. Are these people being learned or just jerkasses? That's for you to decide, but consider if you will Sigmund Freud's theory of fixations while judging those who would seem like total jerks without.