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Too Dumb to Know

John W. Pinkerton


I've known my IQ since I was a teenager; I've tested it a few times through the years to see if it had changed.  I even tested it recently.  It has remained the same since  my youth.  Go figure.  Although not embarrassed by my score, I am not impressed.

God apparently did not hate people with average or below average IQ's.  The evidence is in the numbers.

I've only known a handful of folks whom I considered to be more intelligent than I have been tested to be.  Associating with these folks has been one of the true pleasures of my life.  An important characteristic I noticed among these superior folks was a lack of arrogance.  They, apparently, are intelligent enough to understand that intelligence is not the alpha and omega.

We sometimes confuse intelligence with wealth or position.  Wealth may be accumulated in many ways.  Intelligence is not to be eliminated but sometimes it's just a matter of associating with the correct people or incredibly lucky timing or just plain old luck.  Positions are more often achieved through the will to achieve than intelligence, and, once again, just plain old luck.

Many of the governors of the state of Texas, most very rich men, have proven the point that wealth does not necessarily mean intelligence.  It also proves the point that positions are sometimes achieved through will.

Intelligence does not have a moral component; however, it has been my good fortune to encounter super intelligent folks who have strong moral compasses.

Frankly, I don't see the super intelligent as much of a danger to his or her fellow man.  The folks I suspect are a danger to his or her fellow man are those who use their wealth or position to claim intelligence.  Wow!  What a con job.

There was a study, The Dunning-Kruger Effect, which tried to answer the question of why the ignorant think they're experts.  The answer is reflected in Shakespeare's As You Like It: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

In one way or another, we're all subject to this effect---to overestimate our own skill levels, to fail to recognize the genuine skills and expertise of others, and to fail to recognize their own mistakes and lack of skill.

If you are totally confident in your own competence, it might be a good idea to Google The Dunning-Kruger Effect.