So I was watching Scorpion tonight on CBS and the lead character made a comment to a woman with whom he’d had a disastrous date the previous evening. He informed her that he told his friends it had gone well because he was embarrassed that the date went badly. He felt that way because he had solved Fermat’s Last Theorem at age nine, but he couldn’t solve basic human interaction.
I was struck by a rather simple thought when I heard that: human interaction is not a “problem” to be “solved,” it is an experience to be repeated again and again. If you believe you have solved human interaction, then you simply haven’t worked hard enough.