Has anyone else noticed that when writing your blog it is so much easier to link to stupid people, or at least people doing stupid things, and make fun of them than it is to identify smart people and write about why you think they are? I even created a category called "Stupid People." Maybe it’s just me giving into that age-old temptation to criticize others in order to feel better about myself.
Well, it hit me like a brick today that I’ve been the beneficiary of many smart people’s wisdom over the years, but since I began setting up my RSS feeds a while back I think that I’ve probably accelerated that process 10-fold. There are some truly brilliant people out there, and I’m constantly humbled by what they know and how much I have yet to learn.
So with this post I launch the "Smart People" category. It is not a comprehensive list, and it is limited to those I can link to online, so it precludes many of the true geniuses I’ve known for a long time. I also want to point out that I often disagree with many of the people I’ll be listing, but that’s okay because their convictions are informed by a true thought process that is exhibited consistently in their writing.
Today I begin with a list in no particular order. Later I hope I’ll be able to tell you why I think they’re brilliant, but for now just take my word for it:
That’s a start.