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Intellectuals and Race: Part III

nt250 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 7:29 AM
In my view, intelligence, talent, and ambition are rare qualities no matter what the race or background. Most people, on average, are just plain stupid. Most people are barely competent. I think society used to recognize that and that's why achievement was celebrated. Whether it was being smarter than the average bear, or a star athlete or musician, or just someone who busted their hump to move up the ladder, we admired it. We've lost that amid the everybody-gets-a-trophy self esteem movement that has long since permeated the workplace. The other problem with "intellectuals" is that far too many people think a formal education equates to intelligence. It doesn't. Some of the dumbest people I know have advanced degrees.
Alex_P Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 12:12 PM
As Soviet academician Artsimovitch famously (in narrow circles, of course ;-) remarked:
"Education does not improve intelligence, so the percentage of idiots among PhDs is no less than among general population".
Marie150 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 10:20 AM
Why do you think we have a self-esteem movement?
Younger Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 11:55 AM
So a person can be satisfied with his own ignorance?
Dan107 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 8:53 AM
And some of the most reprehensible, unethical, amoral people have advanced degrees from Harvard.
Marie150 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 10:22 AM
And reprehensible, unethical, amoral people are dumb. Evil is dumb.

Wisdom is good.
LeishaC Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 7:53 AM
As my dad says, they've been educated beyond their intelligence.
AZhot Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 9:24 AM
I always say they've been educated into ignorance.

Editor's note: This is Part III in a series. Part I can be found here. Part II can be found here.

The desire of intellectuals for some grand theory that will explain complex patterns with some solitary and simple factor has produced many ideas that do not stand up under scrutiny, but which have nevertheless had widespread acceptance -- and sometimes catastrophic consequences -- in countries around the world.

The theory of genetic determinism which dominated the early 20th century led to many harmful consequences, ranging from racial segregation and discrimination up to and including the Holocaust. The...