How’d you do in the SATs? Like.. 14 10 something like that. Are you smart? uhm.. Yes. 14 10 You even know what we’re doing and you still can’t say it It’s hard for me to say that. it’s like. You don’t say that. Yeah. You don’t say it. Hey guys, this is Jerry. So I’m wearing my bowtie again, because a lot of you said it looked cool. So sociology 119 at Penn State. I don’t know which Penn State campus this was or this is um This course is going on right now. But this professor. I’m calling washed-up rock star. So washed-up rock star professor is trying to teach people about Psychology about perceptions etc. And he’s talking about East versus West and in the east Like this girl, as an example we just saw Maybe they’re a little bit more humble. Maybe they don’t think of themselves as great Maybe they don’t like to be the center of attention. They want to be part of something right? Whereas in the West they Overestimate their abilities, they might have more confidence and they also want to be the one to stand out, right? so he’s talking about this and This girl that he’s asking makes a very great point that I want to expand on So, let’s see what he says so our professor and why I think it’s so brilliant I had a young woman from China. She had a perfect score Two semesters ago a perfect score on the SATs. I said, are you smart and she’s like No, not really You see what I mean? This is the thing. But like I really like most of the Chinese student, the international student here have 1,400. Yeah, exactly. You don’t say that It’s not a big deal You don’t say it that’s right, but if you were American you would It’s just no but this is part of being an American you would are you kidding. If you if she went to China and someone asked Her if she was smart Trust me. She would be like yeah, of course. I’m smart. So I didn’t watch the rest of the lecture so I don’t know how the professor and if he responded more than what was available in this clip, but to really understand this kind of You might interpret it as lack of confidence or an inability to talk yourself up or maybe even a miss estimation of your actual abilities But you can’t separate it from the cultural slash just the actual context of things It’s such a pressure cooker environment in China and just like she says it’s natural for someone to Get that kind of score to be able to come to America to study so what I’m trying to get at is. It really depends on what you’re comparing yourself against if You come from an environment where people are getting 900 out of 1600 on their SATs and let’s say 26 or 25 out of 36 on their AC T’s then of course You’re gonna see someone with let’s say a 34 33 or 30 on Their AC T’s and be like.. Why does that person not feel highly about his or her self? It’s better than me but in That person’s context in that person’s environment That might not be anything. I personally, I out of 35 out of 36 on my math section of the AC T and That was just average for University of Pennsylvania No, I didn’t go to Penn State. I went to the University of Pennsylvania. So it’s a different caliber of people I’m not saying we’re smarter. I’m just saying we studied harder and maybe we studied smarter but At University of Pennsylvania, you know we were the top. A lot of us were valedictorians etc. I wasn’t, but there were a lot of valedictorians etc at our school But because in our school We were that level. All of us felt inadequate and stupid because there was always someone still better than us you see? so a lot of it has to do with your comparison group And I don’t think this point Got passed on to our professor because our professor I think is over associating this culture of humbleness Which definitely exists in China and a lot of countries outside of America, but he’s also not understanding the pressure cooker environment that maybe Is not causing humbleness to be the number one thing that Gets a vote when you’re asked this question of are you smart based on your test scores? But actually it’s a realistic evaluation of your environment. If.. everyone gets 1,400 or above.. Then you’re just average, right? According to you and you’re not going to downward comparison. So you’re not gonna say dude. Um Even though let’s say most of the white people at Penn State got 900 or you know, ten hundred or let’s say 1100 And I got 1400, therefore I’m smarter than them. You’re probably going to say something like: they’re stupid You know. I’m just being funny. The point is.. And I’m gonna bring in something from professor Jordan Peterson on this It’s useless and a lot of times, as you can see, it’s kind of detrimental if you compare yourself too much with other people and This is something I told my cousin once when he was telling me that he felt like oh he was inadequate He felt like he’s two years out of college. He didn’t do anything. He feels like he’s not as good as his other Relatives and I told him look Jordan Peterson said this and it’s one of the few things that I completely 100% agree with him on professor. Jordan Peterson said Always compare yourself with how you were Don’t compare yourself with other people don’t compare yourself with your neighbors, with your best friends, with your classmates with your valedictorian, you know Don’t compare yourself with those other students in your class because you don’t know what their situations were You don’t know what their environments were. You also don’t know what their basic genetic building blocks fundamentals are. So you don’t know any of these initial or current conditions So you don’t know what’s caused them to get to where they are right now unless you do a twin study and you raise the two twins at the exact same type of way it’s Useless to compare yourself to other people. You don’t have to be that radical you could say yes sometimes you Should compare yourself to other people, a little bit. Just because you want to know where the times are going You want to know where things are going, right? So maybe you should, just for your own information, compare yourself once in awhile, but don’t make it The be-all end-all. Or don’t make it the make-or-break based on how you compare to other people, because we’ve established it’s pointless So I think that is a good lesson we can learn from this lecture. Again We’re trying to learn something and move forward. We’re not just trying to criticize in this talk. So There’s one thing we saw from this lecture that I wanted to build on is Try your best to think about how you are now, and think about if you were to give yourself advice five years ago Would you be able to give yourself some good advice? If you can, I think That’s a sign that you’ve grown as a person, so you should be proud of yourself! Maybe if we all can be like that We don’t have to have this East versus West type of bullshit. Oh one culture is more humble all of that generalization Just compare yourself to yourself now If you compare yourself to how you were let’s say a year ago, If you’ve gone down, then maybe we need to talk. So Anyways guys I will do more reflections and critiques of the sociology 119 course that’s going pretty viral online right now. And so Mister washed out washed up. Whatever uhm rock star Professor, or whatever your name is. I’m sorry I forgot your name. If you want to respond to this, If you want an interview on my channel, please let me know. Okay. Talk to you guys soon. Let me know what you guys think and More to come tomorrow.