Saturday, November 12, 2016

Intellectual shock and awe

Jolie tweeted this:
Half done @voxday's book.He's my intellectual crush. Men should emulate him,then women wouldn't feel t/ need 2 engage in intellectual debate
Smart women are every bit as hypergamous as every other woman. But having written a book doesn't make one any smarter, all it does is materially demonstrate to its readers the quality of one's intellectual capabilities - with the caveat that natural writing talent often makes an author look smarter than he is - and allow them to be accepted at face value.

But that doesn't mean one has to write a book to demonstrate one's intelligence. Formulating correct syllogisms on various subjects ahead of time, refusing to engage in arguments on subjects that one does not know, and never presenting a case without a relevant example are all techniques that will tend to demonstrate one's intelligence and thereby reduce the smart woman's need to challenge one's intellect and prove it superior to hers.

The really good-looking man doesn't need to constantly prove that he is handsome. The truly intelligent man shouldn't feel any need to do the same.

8 comments:

Rex Little said...

If a genuinely smart woman is attracted to you, she'll want to believe you're smarter. Just don't do anything to prove you're not.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Preach it, brah. The same applies to men.

Chris Robertson said...

Question Vox: If I married a smart woman (~127 IQ; me ~138), and she seems to have taken intelligence and humor as a substantial part of her identity, and thus feels the need to prove it, does the same advice apply? Or is there a different approach you've found to be better?

Michael Maier said...

Would the folks here agree women want to be dominated as much intellectually as socially and sexually?

I had one GF that said she felt intimidated by my brain and I didn't get the feeling it hurt me with her at all. She expressed fascination with my thinking, even about the Bible. Of course, I was just stealing from the folks at VP....

Stg58/Animal Mother said...

Turrible, Mike. Just turrible.

S. Thermite said...
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S. Thermite said...

Thank you for this, Vox. A good exposition on Proverbs 17:27-28 for those of us who aren't usually regarded as fools by our fellow men, but have too often unwittingly played the fools to women.

savantissimo said...

I can't imagine needing to prove one's brains to one's wife. It's kind of like a dad constantly needing to prove he can beat his 4 year old at arm-wrestling. It should go without saying.

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