Brent White says universe run by large, invisible Commodore 64

May 16, 2011

I wish I had one of these! I still have my Vic-20 in the attic, though.

This headline is only slightly sillier than this one. Suppose I were a world-renowned expert on something. What would qualify me to speak authoritatively on something far outside of my area of expertise?

I read an article on the nature of genius somewhere (the New Yorker, maybe?), where I found this thought oddly comforting: Albert Einstein, the modern paragon of genius, was as dumb as anyone else when it came to things outside of the realm of physics.

How does this not apply to Stephen Hawking?

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