MEET AMOS TVERSKY, THE SMARTEST MAN YOU’VE LIKELY NEVER HEARD OF

There’s a psychologist at the University of Michigan named Dick Nisbett who, after he’d spent a lot of time with Amos, designed a one-line intelligence test: After you’ve met Amos, the longer it takes you to figure out that Amos is smarter than you, the stupider you are. There are hundreds of anecdotes like this. After Amos attended a party (by accident) with some of the greatest physicists in the world, one of the young physicists asked the hostess who Amos was. On finding out he was a psychologist, the young gun replied “That’s impossible, because he’s the smartest physicist I’ve ever met.”

Source: Knowledge@Wharton

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