Private School, or Why Are Nerds Unpopular?


If getting into the club was as easy as showing the bouncer a picture of your extensive comic book collection, the world might be a better place. But it's not happening anytime soon. On this episode, Mohnish, Kevin, and Armi cover:

- Why are nerds unpopular?

- Are nerds destined to a life of misery and sorrow? (Quick answer: No)

- Why is intelligence prized now more than any other decade?

- What's the distinction between general intelligence and social intelligence?

- And more, all on this episode.


Research, Fun Stuff, and More

- If you had to read one thing on this topic, read one of the pieces that inspired this entire podcast in the first place: Paul Graham's piece of the same name, here. Not only is Paul Graham just an excellent essayist, but it's clear, concise, and doesn't beat around the bush. One of the best essays I've read and I don't say that lightly. 

- What signals are you sending about yourself to the world - signaling theory (from evolutionary psychology) explains this phenomenon well. 

- As the research says - the single biggest predictor of a person's happiness is the quality of their relationships. If you had to look at anything (a person's job, house, etc.) to measure happiness, and you had one thing to look at, you have to look at their relationships. Whether you score low on extraversion or you don't, social relationships are important to cultivate. 


Credits and Special Thanks

Main Host: Mohnish Soundararajan

Co-Hosts: Kevin Sanji and Armi Legge

Research: Mohnish Soundararajan and Armi Legge

Content Ideation and Feedback: Mohnish Soundararajan, Vysali Soundararajan, and Justine Brumm

Editing: Mohnish Soundararajan and Kevin Sanji 

Music: CJ Beats

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