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Intellectual Yet Idiot (IYI)

Nassin Nicholas Taleb, 2018, Skin in the Game, Penguin Books: 124

these self-described members of the "intelligentsia" can't find a coconut on Coconut Island, meaning they aren't intelligent enough to define intelligence, hen ce fall into circularities - their main skill is a capacity to pass exams written by people like them, or two write papers read by people like them. (p123)

The IYI subscribes to The New Yorker, a journal designed so philistines can learn to fake a conversation about evolution, neurosomething, cognitive biases, and quantum mechanics. He never curses on social media. He speaks of "equality of races" and "economic equality," but never goes out drinking with a minority cab driver (p125)

The IYI likes to use buzzwords from philosophy of science when discussing unrelated phenomena; he goes two or three levels too theoretical for a given problem. (p126)