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Posted 10/21/16 , edited 10/21/16
One of the things I've learned from grad school is that there is an enormous gap between the amount of knowledge a single expert in a field knows and the total amount of knowledge in that field. As a grad student, I'm not even completely an expert yet, so there's so much I don't know.

What this means is that I tend to always assume that I might be missing part of the story. In other words, I always think I'm stupid. Further, as long as I'm doing okay, it doesn't make any sense to compare myself to other people: I have my own problems, and my own standards. It's not my job to be good at everything, but I do want to be really good at my job.

Finally, if you think about the political/social arguments average people like us have, and compare them to what an actual political science/sociology professor would say, you have to believe that their knowledge far surpasses ours. I don't know if that means we're stupid, but it does mean we should be less firm in what we think and more accepting of what others say.
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Posted 10/24/16
Nah, you're good
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