How I missed out on my PhD. OK, you can smile

Today I read that research presented at the annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans shows people smile at people they feel either superior or inferior too. But (says Evan Carr of the University of San Diego) they don’t smile at people they feel equal with and want to compete with.

I have to reveal that I came to exactly that conclusion 10 years ago while I lay in my bath. Now I realise to my chagrin I could have got a PhD out of this. I could be touring lecture circuits attracting smiles from countless admirers who feel inferior to me.

As it is, I am getting by on the superior kind of smiles. But just don’t try to compete with my deep insights. I can be very hatchet-faced.

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