>I was intrigued by JN's distinction between "smart" and "recondite", so I checked out in a couple of dictionaries. Here is part of what I found: <snip>
Here's a bit more - "recondite" is usually applied to subject matter, not persons. I was wondering who would call me to task. A sort of intentional slight Slip Mahoneyism. But interpreted in the obvious way it does capture what I intended to say.
>However, it IS true, as suggested by Kirby Urner, that being 'smart' these days may well mean being lonely at parties.
If that is meant as implying a causal relationship, I see no reason to believe it true. I certainly think certain personality types may feel lonely, but I don't think it has anything to do with being "smart". Perhaps those personalities are also drawn to recondite subjects and musings, creating some correlation.
We had a party here the other day with frosh from MIT, Princeton, CMU, etc. A very lively and sociable bunch, they played games and laughed and had general good time for many hours.
As far interpreting what Kirby had to say, I guess I was simply standing in disagreement, if he also meant to imply some sort of causal relation (and I think he did.)