Is there a way to appear smarter?

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a friend is asking. suggest some things he could do? any books he should read, or people he should associate with, or just general ideas? thanks
 
If that is what he/she wants, I can say thet there is no chance for him/her.

I am sorry...! (j/k)
 

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Wear a lot of black and gray and always carry at least one book by Jean Paul Sartre.
 

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join PF. and then cheat on an IQ test
 

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bor0000 said:
a friend is asking. suggest some things he could do? any books he should read, or people he should associate with, or just general ideas? thanks
I have been trying for a long time, and it just don't work, mix with the people
you like, the only way you can crib is to be a back scratcher :yuck:
 
man, you're not funny. some say that chess improves your mind, but he finds it hard to believe. nobody recognizes you for chess, unless you are a master, at least. what about literature?
 
loseyourname said:
Wear a lot of black and gray and always carry at least one book by Jean Paul Sartre.
wow. ive seen this book mentioned before. do people really read philosophy books with such a purpose?? is there something about Sartre, as opposed to other philosophers, that makes him more of an intellectual? i've never seen anybody read such books in real life, i thought smart people just read historical novels or about art.
 
wolram said:
I have been trying for a long time, and it just don't work, mix with the people
you like, the only way you can crib is to be a back scratcher :yuck:
he once worked with a wise old man, a ph.d. that man constantly talked about literature and about culture. i thought it was very beneficial for the young lad, he should've taken advantage of the situation and continued keeping in touch wiht the man after the summer job was over, but he was too immature.
 
What gave the idea to read Sartre? And do you use in daily conversation anything that was provided in the book?
 

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His plays are delightful and his prose is pretty intense. Great reads. His expository writing, however - the philosophy books - are the most pretentious you'll ever read. Getting through Being and Nothingness is like swimming through wet cement that solidifies halfway through. There are more pretentious books out there - Finnegan's Wake comes to mind - but everyone knows Sartre.
 

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bor0000 said:
What gave the idea to read Sartre? And do you use in daily conversation anything that was provided in the book?
I wouldn't say I use anything borrowed from Sartre in daily conversation, but there are hints of No Exit and The Wall in many of my own writings (fictional writings).
 
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If someone carries a large book around everywhere and reads it from time to time, that makes them appear smart :/

But if you mean in a conversation? Well, tell your friend to use strictly SAT vocab :D
 
loseyourname said:
I wouldn't say I use anything borrowed from Sartre in daily conversation, but there are hints of No Exit and The Wall in many of my own writings (fictional writings).
damn, a writer and a physicist. i should just quit trying.
 
loseyourname said:
His plays are delightful and his prose is pretty intense. Great reads. His expository writing, however - the philosophy books - are the most pretentious you'll ever read. Getting through Being and Nothingness is like swimming through wet cement that solidifies halfway through. There are more pretentious books out there - Finnegan's Wake comes to mind - but everyone knows Sartre.
since i havent read any of his books, i dont know what to take of this. but i read one of Maugham's. And i wonder if it's vastly different from Maugham, because there i am actually reading an interesting story. I dont think i could fathom reading just about some wall.
 
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bor0000 said:
a friend is asking. suggest some things he could do? any books he should read, or people he should associate with, or just general ideas? thanks
tell your friend he/she should just remain quiet. :approve:

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If someone carries a large book around everywhere and reads it from time to time, that makes them appear smart :/

But if you mean in a conversation? Well, tell your friend to use strictly SAT vocab :D
SAT vocab is pretty lame. It's not the vocabulary but what you say. He is just too wordy and often contradicts himself and is often judjemental and rude and annoying, which makes all the girls run away from him.
 
marlon said:
tell your friend he/she should just remain quiet. :approve:

marlon
he does that a lot. but a man can't be mute throughout his life, must learn to express himself
 

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bor0000 said:
damn, a writer and a physicist. i should just quit trying.
Ha, I'm not a physicist. I don't even remember how I found this place any more, but it wasn't because of an interest in physics.

And The Wall is a damn good story. It's not about a wall. It's about a guy during the Spanish Civil war who is about to be put to death by firing squad. It chronicles the last several hours of his life, mostly what is going through his mind. You'll never read anything more intense.
 
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bor0000 said:
he does that a lot. but a man can't be mute throughout his life, must learn to express himself
you do know there are different kinds of remaining quiet, do you ?

1) the 'err i do not get it' style
2) the 'feeww, this is too easy' style
3) the 'whatever ...' style
4) the 'i hope they do not talk to me' style
5) the 'ooooii, she is hot' style (this one require sunglasses, if you wanna be perfectly safe :wink: )

I suggest a combination of nrs 2 and 3, 5 is an option depending on your 'in situ' hormonal condition. :wink:

Each number corresponds to a facial expression that i would like to demonstrate to you, but unfortunately, my webcam is on strike :grumpy:

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marlon
 
I would agree with marlon-- the less talking you do, the better. Let the fools speak; the person with reserve, who deliberates before speaking, generally has the upper hand in a conversation.

The best way to appear smarter is to be smarter. Which means one should always be learning, and to tie in with my first sentence, one can't learn very well while running at the mouth. :rolleyes:
 
Don't talk much.
 

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Is he just trying to "appear" smarter, or to actually "be" smarter?

If he's just going for appearances, he won't fool those who are actually smart, but for those who aren't, being very clean cut (not a "buzz" haircut, that just makes you look like a cop, but a stylish short haircut), black trousers, a properly pressed shirt and properly knotted tie give off an aura of authority, which people mistake for intelligence. Wearing glasses helps. Walking with a quick stride, and not dawdling about things helps.

If he actually wants to BE smarter, then nothing to do but buckle down and crack open the books.
 
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loseyourname said:
Wear a lot of black and gray and always carry at least one book by Jean Paul Sartre.
and accidentally rhyme when you talk =)
 
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Moonbear said:
If he's just going for appearances, he won't fool those who are actually smart, but for those who aren't, being very clean cut (not a "buzz" haircut, that just makes you look like a cop, but a stylish short haircut), black trousers, a properly pressed shirt and properly knotted tie give off an aura of authority, which people mistake for intelligence. Wearing glasses helps. Walking with a quick stride, and not dawdling about things helps.
Not to mention a handbag of some sort, or laptop bag. A tie isn't necessary as long as the clean cut look is going on. Resting one's hand on one's chin and periodically humming "hmm" will also work. Frizzy hair (aka the "Einstein Look") is acceptable if they already look smart as it is.

I'm not sure why, but it seems that some professors like to wear plaid shirts :confused:. That, coupled with the trousers and handbag, will definitely make someone appear "smarter". Spectacles may also give impressionable looks.

Also, a whitish long beard may help.

If the climate is colder than usual, wear a jacket with elbow-patches.
 

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one more for the, talk less, listen more approach.
 

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