Link: Intellectual Yet Idiot

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The IYI pathologizes others for doing things he doesn’t understand without ever realizing it is his understanding that may be limited. He thinks people should act according to their best interests and he knows their interests, particularly if they are “red necks” or English non-crisp-vowel class who voted for Brexit. When plebeians do something that makes sense to them, but not to him, the IYI uses the term “uneducated”. What we generally call participation in the political process, he calls by two distinct designations: “democracy” when it fits the IYI, and “populism” when the plebeians dare voting in a way that contradicts his preferences.

I’d call them false cardinals of the Cathedral but okay.

Intellectual is an endogenous quality they lack, a personality too (Charlton).

Midwits don’t learn from rules (they change them, magical thinking) or society (equalism or die) or experience. All they do is take tests and repeat dogma.

telling the rest of us 1) what to do, 2) what to eat, 3) how to speak, 4) how to think… and 5) who to vote for.

But the problem is the one-eyed following the blind: these self-described members of the “intelligentsia” can’t find a coconut in Coconut Island, meaning they aren’t intelligent enough to define intelligence hence fall into circularities — but their main skill is capacity to pass exams written by people like them. With psychology papers replicating less than 40%, dietary advice reversing after 30 years of fatphobia, macroeconomic analysis working worse than astrology, the appointment of Bernanke who was less than clueless of the risks, and pharmaceutical trials replicating at best only 1/3 of the time, people are perfectly entitled to rely on their own ancestral instinct and listen to their grandmothers (or Montaigne and such filtered classical knowledge) with a better track record than these policymaking goons.

I love Taleb.

But it’s mental martial law. Thinktank r smart, college r smart, expert r smart, you trust expert like priest, expert r good, follow expert.

Equalism is a death cult because their version of being wrong or failing is “I guess I’ll just die”.

One response to “Link: Intellectual Yet Idiot

  1. Geniuses, yet dumb as a box of rocks, to use a redneck saying. I have a stepdaughter in that category. Highly intelligent, an intellectual, but when she moved to NYC, she was taking chances she never would where she’s from in Penna. NYC was nicer, cleaner, and friendlier than any place she ever lived. I had to read her the riot act about it and made her investigate the city. It was everything she loved, but in some ways far worse than she realized. Pedophiles, hungry lawyers, dirty (not just crooked) politicians, gangs and rapists. Just like her small town back home, only more of them. Only good thing, the politicians and mafia in NYC are afraid of where she came from 🙂 Look up kids for kash, PA. That was the tip of the iceberg when the FBI were at last allowed to investigate one-party rule by dems there.

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