Krugman: all successful researchers are monsters and narcissists

All successful researchers have gigantic egos. If they didn’t — if they did not have, at the core of their being, a frightening level of intellectual arrogance — they would never have had the temerity to decide that they had insights denied to all the extremely clever scholars who preceded them. And it takes even more egotism to persist in the face of all the people who will, in fact, tell you that your insight is trivial, it’s wrong, and they said it in 1962. So we’re all monsters, however nice we may seem in person. [link]

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