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I don't think reading "War and Peace" is in itself a metric of serious thought so much as it is a test of literacy and of attention span.

Or sheer bloody mindedness. If you read "War and Peace" to improve your mind, more power to you. If you read it because you think it will make you better that someone else, you're just engaging in more social signaling.

I don't think people ever do that. Not with War and Peace, anyhows.

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