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Science Says “Smart People Are Idiots”

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#1    Phaeton80

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:10 PM

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Science Says "Smart People Are Idiots"

Right off the bat, congratulations on being in the top eighty percentile. We can read, and that puts us well ahead of the seven hundred million adults that can’t (I know the pictures are pretty, but focus. Focus) Let’s bump us up a few more pegs for knowing what a percentile is as well. You’re smart; you know it; and I’m so so sorry… turns out this is bad news. Smart people are idiots.

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http://wondergressiv...ple-are-idiots/


Well I guess it just goes to show..

ignorance is strength!

(anda.. war is peace - 'peace through war', freedom is slavery - 'give up your liberty for freedom')

Yeay!

Edited by Saru, 07 December 2013 - 12:15 PM.
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:28 PM

there is a very old saying from China :

- being smart is sufficient, no need to be 'over/better than' smart -

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

Well written, clever but misleading piece.  The examples don't support the thesis, among other things.

Still, one has to wonder.  Probably the "smartest" US Presidents in the twentieth century were Wilson, Nixon and Carter.


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 12:54 PM

I still would like to know why the answer to the one about the lily pads covering half the lake is 47 instead of 24.
He spends all that time telling us what idiots we all are but doesn't bother to at least explain the first test question.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:32 PM

I like George Carlin's quote on the intelligence of our population, “Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!”


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:49 PM

View PostRyu, on 07 December 2013 - 12:54 PM, said:

I still would like to know why the answer to the one about the lily pads covering half the lake is 47 instead of 24.
He spends all that time telling us what idiots we all are but doesn't bother to at least explain the first test question.

In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

As the lily pads double in size daily, one would assume that the 47th day would be 50%, so 48th would be 100%


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:53 PM

View PostHares, on 07 December 2013 - 01:49 PM, said:



In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

As the lily pads double in size daily, one would assume that the 47th day would be 50%, so 48th would be 100%
It's a more than a huge lake ill tell you that, much larger than one would think. If we start with a 4 inch lillipad we end up with a lake over 800,000 square miles. Which is actually much smaler than I originally assumed... How funny.

I loose my keys about twice a week... My wallet to. It's so bad my alarm clock goes off a half an hour earlier just as a contingency for the time I will take trying to find something.

Edited by White Crane Feather, 07 December 2013 - 02:17 PM.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 01:55 PM

It's similar to the puzzle of the frog trying to get out of a hole ... every day three feet and drops a feet when it sleeps ...

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:17 PM

Guess I'm an idiot for answering :D


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 03:34 PM

Hands on experience and applying the knowledge that one learns is the key to the development of intelligence.
Just because it looks good on paper doesn't mean it'll always work in the real world.

   It's good to have some skepticism so you won't be gullible & naïve.
But to much skepticism can make you narrow minded to extraordinary possibilities.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 08:58 PM

It isn't smartness but lack of creativity and ideas.


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:23 PM

this part may be true:

"The more we attempt to know ourselves, the less we actually understand."

I've experienced this myself, but that doesn't stop the drive from within us to do so. I cannot rightly tell my mind to stop trying to understand things and then follow that instruction. All in all I think it is better to understand why we do the things we do. Even if it doesn't stop us from answering questions incorrectly or have a visible effect on our day to day split decisions. I do think in the long haul our subconscious begins to catch up or evolve as we ponder these things. On a big picture level it is better to have a good view of yourself, other individuals and society, well at least as much as you can. On a day to day stupidity level, I guess it's always fun to laugh at yourself.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:32 AM

recommended reading

"Alan Watts THE BOOK On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are "

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ABACUS edition published in 1973
by Sphere Books Ltd
30/32 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8JL
Reprinted 1976, 1977
First published in Great Britain
by Jonathan Cape Ltd 1969
Copyright © 1966 by Alan Watts

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:38 AM

View PostHares, on 07 December 2013 - 02:17 PM, said:

Guess I'm an idiot for answering :D
I was going to but thought better of it.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:40 AM

I'm gonna vent here: there is not a damn thing wrong with being smart.






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