I read The Atlantic story and to be honest my reaction was wait, what? Why have I never paid much attention to this? I had a classmate at Stanford who had a super pronounced stutter. We talked about it some but I guess I never thought much about it. I get a twitch in my eyelid that’s neurological and inherited, and I suppose I thought they were the same-ish.
Our dean had a very pronounced stutter and he was a fellow in the National Academy of Sciences. It has never occurred to me that it may have been related to intelligence.
After reading your feelings, I thought about what I wrote of Elon Musk’s Cybertruck announcement where I complained that he didn’t seem well prepared and he stuttered. In people like myself who don’t have a real stutter, I do stammer when I’m not well rehearsed. But now I started to wonder if he has a real stutter and I was being a thoughtless jerk. There is a lot of speculation online that he does.
Anyway, thank you for coming out and sharing insight. I somehow vaguely thought it would be like having vision or hearing problems, just a card you’re dealt but no shame attached. I had no idea.