What Makes You So Smart?

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What Makes You So Smart, CEO?

Noah Davis talks to Yext CEO Howard Lerman about finding friends to work with, the importance of great teachers, and the balance between intelligence and execution.

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What Makes You So Smart, MIT Professor?

Noah Davis talks to Scott Aaronson—named by SuperScholar as one of the 30 smartest people alive—about the unpopularity of nerds, the value of skipping grades, and why Shakespeare isn't the worst.

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What Makes You So Smart, Chuck Klosterman?

The writer talks to Pacific Standard about being a dilettante, his brief consideration of graduate school, and why having an intellectual inferiority complex might prevent you from becoming a jerk.

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What Makes You So Smart, Computational Neuroscientist?

Terrence Sejnowski talks to Pacific Standard about searching for Sputnik, receiving pleasure reading material from a Nobel Prize winner, and being a science nerd.

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What Makes You So Smart, Greatest Female Chess Player of All Time?

Noah Davis talks to Judit Polgár about her unusual upbringing, her relationship with her sisters, and why hard work checkmates intelligence.

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What Makes You So Smart, Stephen Wolfram?

Noah Davis talks to the founder of Wolfram Alpha about computing the world's knowledge, how his kids got him to start traveling, and why he's not scared of AI.

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What Makes You So Smart, Writer and 'Nerd Musician'?

Noah Davis talks to Nicole Dieker about getting an education in rural Missouri, the specific type of smarts you need to be a freelancer, and reading the Time archive.

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What Makes You So Smart, Creativity Cultivator?

Noah Davis talks to creative Oni Hartstein about reading, drawing, creating communities, and how a trip to Disney World changed her life.

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What Makes You So Smart, Geek Dad?

Noah Davis talks to computer programmer and GeekDad.com editor Matt Blum about algebra, old computers, and teaching his kids how to be geeks.

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What Makes You So Smart, Web Editor?

Noah Davis talks to Owen Thomas about late nights on his old high school literary magazine, early HTML, and his editorial philosophy.

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What Makes You So Smart, Computer Programmer?

Noah Davis talks to computer whiz Andrew Kirmse about video game development, his time at Google, and his love of code.

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What Makes You So Smart, Middle School Math Teacher?

Noah Davis talks to Vern Williams about what makes middle school—yes, middle school—so great.

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What Makes You So Smart, School Principal?

Noah Davis talks to Evan Glazer about why kids aren't getting smarter and what his school's doing in order to change that.

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What Makes You So Smart, MacArthur Genius?

Noah Davis talks to Yoky Matsuoka about youth tennis, wanting to be an airhead, and what it's like to win a Genius Grant.

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What Makes You So Smart, Maja Mataric?

After leaving Serbia for the United States as a teenager, Maja Mataric became one of the world's top robotics experts. She tells Noah Davis how and why it happened.

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What Makes You So Smart, Jonathan Corbblah?

Jonathan Corbblah wants to be on more trivia shows than any other human being ever has. He talked to Noah Davis.

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What Makes You So Smart, Noah Tarnow?

Noah Davis talks to a game show creator about intelligence, trivia, and where those two circles overlap.

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What Makes You So Smart, Peter Attia?

Noah Davis talks to the president of the Nutrition Science Initiative about exercising way too much.

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What Makes You So Smart, Brent Beshore?

Noah Davis talks to the founder of adventur.es about being smart, being dumb, and which one it takes to nearly get killed by a lion.

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What Makes You So Smart, Jeremy Johnson?

Noah Davis talks to one of the co-founders of 2U about "disrupting" education, being really bad at things, and being really, really good at things.

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What Makes You So Smart, Kathryn Minshew?

Noah Davis talks to the co-founder of The Muse about those times when it's not smart to seem really smart.

What Makes You So Smart, Lord Browne?

Noah Davis talks to the former chief executive of British Petroleum about, among other things, how it's not really that important to be really smart.