Professor Smullyan said that to be paid so much was unfair.Funny. Yes, there are limits to academic leftist egalitarianism. He just cannot articulate a reason for it.
“I said, ‘Raymond, isn’t it true that you’re more intelligent than most people?’ ” Mr. Kotik said during a phone interview. “ ‘Yes,’ he said. So I said, ‘I think that’s unfair. We should take out part of your brain and distribute it to people who could use it.’
“He was silent for a minute, and finally he said, ‘I can’t give you any reason, but I wouldn’t do it.’ ”