in reply to (OT) It's offical. Disagreeableness is a trait of the "cognitively superior".

Ah yes, this was going to be my conversation starter at last night's party. Unfortunately the whiners got started first, so I just wined.

But when I read the article I recognized this as what it was - a grant-funded study producing a result that would definitely lead to yet another grant-funded study.

For, you see, they didn't study the most obvious next question: which came first, the grumpiness, or the intelligence? That is, was the grumpiness a predictor of tendency toward intelligence, or was it simply a predictable result of "superior knowledge/intelligence"?

After a couple decades of people doing rash/stupid/irrational things in spite of your sage advice, what would be the most likely personal outlook on life? Yep... hrmmph!

I don't really wonder if my favorite quote came from his older years... (smiley included)

I'm a pessimist about probabilities; I'm an optimist about possibilities.
Lewis Mumford

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by BrowserUk (Pope) on Aug 15, 2006 at 02:01 UTC

    S'funny, but I thought the most rational explanation for the finding was that the authors were all miserable ol'scientists pissed off with the young guys getting all the grants ;)

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    Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco. -- Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?
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