He’s The Smart One.

“So tell me why this lecture is arcane,” I suggested to my brother as we were walking to lunch.
He said a lot of things about apperception and synthetic and analytical unity.
“Okay,” I said. “You just be sure to call me when you need an in-depth analysis of the evolution of the Sexy Faerie in Young Adult Literature.”

I went up to UBC today to hear my brother give a lecture on what is apparently the hardest part of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, which is something he knows a lot about.

I was lost, which I fully expected to be. I was also really interested, because Bo is a wicked lecturer. Sandii came with me, and she thought it was really interesting, but she is much more analytical than I am. Follow a logical train of thought? I will get lost in the woods every time.

On the way home I told her, “That’s why I tell people he’s the smart one.” Which I do. People seem worried when I do, like I’m telling people I am stupid. They rush to reassure me, which is lovely, but unnecessary.

General (and even specific) knowledge, I have in droves. Want to know where bongos live, the effect of beamier boats on the BC fishing industry, or how to cook a salmon 137 different ways? I know that stuff.

My brother, however, has way more smart-guy Philosophy stuff crammed into his brain than I do. Tons. I’m impressed with his brain, and that’s actually something that doesn’t happen a lot.

I’d like to sit in on a class that was less arcane. Maybe I would have a clue.

4 Comments to “He’s The Smart One.”

  1. By Deb, March 6, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    Expect a phone call the next time I buy salmon.

  2. By Liz, March 7, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

    Expect a multitude of suggestions for cooking it.

  3. By Stephanie, March 10, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    I’m the same way. I’m like, did you know the artist Henri Toulouse Lautrec was a product of a marriage of first cousins? And he was super short because of some bone thing? And he was into absinthe? But real stuff goes right past me. (Example, I couldn’t identify one of his paintings.)

  4. By Liz, March 10, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

    Exactly. It makes us good at crosswords and trivia, though.

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