Concept-Shaped Holes Can Be Impossible To Notice

Put these together, and you have cause for concern. If you learn about something, and it seems trivial and boring, but lots of other people think it’s interesting and important – well, it could be so far beneath you that you’d internalized all its lessons already. Or it could be so far beyond you that you’re not even thinking on the same level as the people who talk about it.

~ Scott Alexander from,

If there’s one thing that makes my brain lock-up every time, it’s this conundrum.