The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes
by David Robson, W.W. Norton & Co., 2019
“As a general rule,” historian Charles R. Morris wrote in a book about the last financial crisis, “only the very smartest people can make truly catastrophic mistakes.”
Morris may have been moved to exaggeration by the magnitude of the catastrophe.
Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via APIt is June 17, 1922, and two middle-aged men—one short and squat, the other tall and lumbering with a walrus moustache—are sitting on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They are Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle—and by the end of the evening, their friendship will never be the same again. Read Full Article » Show comments Hide Comments Related Articles
As George Orwell said (about conspiracy theories in WWII): "There is no limit to the follies that can be swallowed if one is under the influence of feelings of this kind...One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool."
What a thread, mapping out the astonishingly convulted and complex arguments of conspiracy theorists!
It fits with reseach showing that more educated people are *more likely* to believe in medical conspiracy theories! It takes brainpower to weave such a convoluted worldview.