there are socially defined thresholds of understanding calibrated by mutual recognition, arranged in ascending institutional hierarchies of increasing capacity… This is a transcendental version of the maxim ‘fake it till you make it’, in which there is never a definitive moment in which you have made it, only an ongoing development of competence

                                                                      Pete Wolfendale

stupidity is not a simple quality… but an effect of complex inhibitions… the most leaden-headed blockhead thereby becomes an object of interest

                                                                           IA Richards