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Mar 28, 2019 12:45:56

Thoughtful idiot

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Victoria Maung

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I was watching this Eater video, and one of the gentlemen mentioned that they may do stupid things, but they do it with reason. They're "thoughtful idiots." 

I laughed because I feel like I resonate with that label strongly. The video entails a challenge between two chefs about who can make the better ramen-stuffed sausage. Given the absurdity of the task, they have to resort to carrying out the basic tenets behind a well-stuffed sausage, thinking about the balance of flavors and acidity or the compositional texture of the ideal sausage and simulating that as best they could with various sources of fat. 

I want to call myself a thoughtful idiot now because I often find myself in strange situations because I was chasing a thread of logic that I suddenly formulated (that's why it's important to check yourself by sharing your ideas with others.). 

The phrase also reminds me strongly of Calvin and Hobbes, my favorite comic strip. Oftentimes, Calvin and Hobbes are plotting or scheming to avoid bedtime, make money, or get merch. But counter to the "thoughtful idiot" is this one strip where Calvin is hammering nails into a table, and his mom runs in yelling, "Calvin! What are you doing to the coffee table?!?" He follows up with a "Is this some sort of trick question, or what?" Sometimes idiocy is just a misalignment of mental models, rather than misdirected goals.

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    thanks for sharing :) that movie's actually been on my watch list for a while now :O

    Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Mar 29, 2019 17:24:00
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    @vickenstein Calvin and Hobbes is da bomb. If you have not, you must watch "Dear Mr. Watterson https://www.facebook.com/DearMrWatterson/" a doc on the greatest comic strip ever.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | Mar 28, 2019 11:10:33
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