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Thomas Jefferson warned that "Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong." A high I.Q. does not necessarily translate into the skills necessary to live. How does an intelligent person guard against self-deception (what Ayn Rand called faking reality)? Is it always in our best interest to pursue rational thinking? How should we frame the questions to determine if we are being rational? What are the components of intellectual honesty?

FTA: "I think there is a confusion between "intelligent" and "stupid." Stupidity is independent of intelligence, and in fact high intelligence often gives added scope to the harmful consequences of stupidity. Stupidity in intelligent people is marked by their ability for rationalization and self-deception. Stupidity is not lack of facts, but willful failure to face facts. That's why Sir Arthur Clarke remarked that ignorance is forgivable, stupidity is not. A not-too-bright person may make a stupid decision about their personal budget and lifestyle choices, but is scarcely likely to do harm of the magnitude that's been done by academics and intellectuals over the past two centuries. After all, Karl Marx was a very intelligent man."

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Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Jul 30, 2010 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=277

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