Monday, November 28, 2011

Chris Tucker: Shimer in 158 words

The amazing Chris Tucker is a 1997 graduate of Shimer College.

Shimer was a powerful lesson in the nature of the Dunning-Kruger effect. I left my home as the most intelligent person in my community; I arrived at Shimer as the least intelligent person in that community. Whatever I believed I was skilled at, I discovered someone at Shimer--sometimes one of the professors, but more often simply one of my fellow students--who blew me out of the water with their amazingly effortless grace in that same area. I was angry at how foolish I appeared, I was terrified at the gap between my abilities and theirs. The easy solution--sweet, numbing apathy--was a constant temptation. Fortunately, I slowly began to understand exactly what my limitations were (quite a few!) and where my possible strengths might lie. I spent four years quietly being humbled by the most astonishing collection of minds I'll ever know, and the next decade or so trying to make sense of it.

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At November 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM , Blogger David Shiner said...

Well said, Chris. Nice to hear from you. Where are you these days, and what are you doing? If you'd prefer not to respond here, you can email me at

David Shiner

At December 5, 2011 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Unamazing said...

Ah, thank you for your kind words, sir! I think I used far too many adjectives, but that's always been a weakness of mine.

I'm living in Denver, (assistant) managing a bookstore and trying very hard to be bemused rather than panicked as the entire publishing industry slowly disintegrates around my ears. But then again, the publishing industry tends to do that sort of thing every decade or so, and I really shouldn't let myself get too worked up about it.


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