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Curse of the High IQ

Curse of the High IQ is a new book by Aaron Clarey. He was a long-time advertiser on my podcast. I thank him for that. I thought I owed him the purchase of this new work. I bought it with my own money because it so intrigued me.

The title was outstanding and really captured my interest just like several of his earlier books. The book really made me think. I sort of chewed on the concepts all week as I read it. I give it a mixed review on the INFERNO. However, one important point, I misspoke on the video. The kindle is only $1.99. My apologies.

I think the book is a therapeutic endeavor for the author. I do not think his frustration with other people is due to a high IQ. I think his social skills and impatience are his biggest barrier to social enjoyment. I also think extroverted individuals would be very frustrated with the life of a writer. Further, extroverts are seldom known for the quality or intelligence of their conversation. As an introvert, I know from painful experience that extroversion produces few quality interactions.

Clarey’s main theme in life is one he publishes here along with elsewhere.

Whether we like it or not, we will derive 100% of our value and happiness from other people.

The premise is absurd and only applies to extroverts. Not only that, it ignores the influence of God in one’s life. Like so many of my subscribers/readers, Aaron is an atheist and that is why he seeks meaning in the people around him. I rarely do. I look to God for my purpose and (largely) don’t care what any of my peers think.

Aaron deserves props from addressing topics that others don’t and creating a unique perspective.

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  1. Posted February 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Couple comments:

    1. God isn’t necessary to be more or less self-reliant, happiness-wise. Many atheists are also capable of finding purpose in life without depending on the approval of other people. (My own views on God are complex, but for all practical purposes I’m an atheist; long blog post explains why it’s complicated, for anyone interested.)

    2. Many of the problems Aaron documents are not just because of his IQ (his reason) or impatience and underdeveloped social skills (your analysis) not matching the world. There’s a broader theme, of people whose eyes are open to reality seeing many things that happen around them as complete nonsense, namely how the education system, the work environment, and many of the market interactions are structured (they don’t make sense except as petty dictatorships of the mediocre minds).

    Regards, JCS

    • Bernard Chapin
      Posted February 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      for point 1 i think that’s good
      for point 2 i would say a lot of that is political–do you see yourself as a progressive wherein everything “new” is “good”, “diversity”=value etc–most leftists cannot see the world accurately but you aaron and i can. also, the statist blindly follows the instruction of the state

  2. Posted February 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    He’s not technically incorrect in his main theme about our happiness being derived from other people. That is, if you consider that God is an “Other” and a “Person”. I think it is true that all meaning, and therefore, fulfillment thereof, which begets happiness or blessedness, is intrinsically Personal. That is, it relates to persons – and outside of its relation to persons there is no meaning. The same goes for words, or “conversation”. The basis of all meaning ultimately being the Eternal Trinity as revealed in and through the Third Person thereof, Jesus Christ.

    • Bernard Chapin
      Posted February 28, 2016 at 1:52 am | Permalink

      You can be pretty sure Aaron isn’t referring to God as “a person” as he doesn’t believe in God.

  3. Joe
    Posted April 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I liked when you called out Clarey as Aaron “Mary” Clarey in your “Fraudster Roadshow” YouTube videos. You should kick some Clarey ass.

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