Monday, March 22, 2010

I have an evil cold

At the moment I'm happy.

I just had a statistics lecture. They're usually dry and a bit boring, but altogether fairly useful. It made me remember a way to be sort of arrogant, but, at the same time, not too arrogant because I'm simply using statistics to back myself up.

I am smarter and more awesome than most people in the world. It's true. Yes, that probably sounds arrogant, but think about it. If you put everyone in the world into a normal distribution of intelligence or awesomeness, 50% of people will score better than the other 50%. So, if you selected someone at random from the entire population of the world, you have a 50-50 chance of selecting someone who is above the mean. Given that, I have a 50% chance of being above the mean for intelligence or awesomeness. I could go through the trouble of testing myself to see if I am actually above the 50% mark, but, on a 50-50 bet, I'd rather choose to be smart and awesome. Really, why would you choose otherwise?

Yeah, I suppose I could get down on myself and go the other way, seeing as I'm just as likely to be on the lower end of things, but that doesn't accomplish anything for my self esteem. I'm going to take the option that makes me feel good about myself. So no, I'm not being arrogant, I'm just choosing to interpret things in my favor.


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