Would you like to be truly brilliant–more intelligent than 99.9 percent of the population? If so, would it matter if being that smart would virtually eliminate your sense of humor about the things that amuse most people?
Uh… This question implies that I’m not already “truly brilliant.”
Okay, devil’s advocate… Let’s say that I’m not truly brilliant in my current state. I don’t think I’d want to be more intelligent than 99.9 percent of the world. I wouldn’t want that responsibility. I mean, being that wicked smart, you’d almost have to move into a career where you’re expected to lead a mission to Mars or cure cancer or write a bestselling self-help book that spawns some kind of cult that they end up making a documentary about on Netflix. I don’t need that pressure.
I especially don’t want to be that intelligent if it means I’m no longer the funniest guy in the room.
But what do you think? Would you want to be one of the top 10 most intelligent people in the world? What would you do with that kind of IQ? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.