Ask Dr. Notebook: Is It Possible To Be Too Smart?

Hoping to become a policeman in New London, Conn., Robert Jordan, a corrections officer, took the exam and scored well. In fact, too well. The town dropped the top 63 scorers, perhaps thinking they would be too intellectually restless to walk a beat. Now Jordan is suing the town, arguing that he's been discriminated against because he's intelligent. How common is it to be too smart for one's own good? Apparently, very.

1 RENE DESCARTES Appointed tutor to Queen Christina of Sweden, who orders him to write a ballet in verse and a comedy in five acts and to rise...

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