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Richard's tongue in cheek paragraph makes for an amusing summer read. A funny example of the process paragraph.

 How to Appear Smarter Than You Are
by Richard

        To appear smarter than you are, there are several things to remember. First, memorization is the key. Most people assume that knowledge equals intelligence. Pick a topic that sounds impressive, but that few people know much about, like quantum physics, for example. Research the subject as much as possible and memorize key theories, people, dates and formulas. Have mock conversations with yourself. Ask questions you think people might ask and think about what your responses might be. For questions that you're not sure how to answer, give vague replies and try to change the subject. For instance, if someone asks you how a certain theory was tested, you might respond by saying that their excellent question reminds you of another person who studied a similar area. Once you are confident that you have memorized all the things you have chosen, try to find someone on whom to test your skills. If you run into difficulties, repeat the process until your conversation runs more smoothly and confidently. Finally, consider that if you can do all this, you may actually be as smart as you wish to appear!

  

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