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How Not to Be Stupid

How Not to Be Stupid

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Stupidity

Stupidity is not the opposite of intelligence. Stupidity is overlooking or dismissing conspicuously crucial information: the information is in front of you and yet you ignore it.

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Domains that plot stupidity

  • Magic: The goal of a magician is to misdirect your attention (make you stupid) so that you do not notice something you should have. The magician does so for entertainment purposes. 
  • Frauds, cons, and hoaxes: The conman engineers stupidity for their own gain.

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Factors that lead to stupidity

When it comes to overloading our cognitive brains, any one of these factors comes into play, but together they increase the odds that you've been cognitively compromised.

  1. Being outside your usual environment or changing your routines.
  2. Being in the presence of a group.
  3. Being in the presence of an expert.
  4. Doing any task that requires intense focus.
  5. Information overload.
  6. Physical or emotional stress, fatigue.
  7. Rushing or urgency.

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What won't help

  • Checklists don't help if you race through them because the stupidity factors override them. 
  • Beware of rushing - if you are rushing, don't make any important decisions.
  • When you are fatigued, you may think that cognitively you're okay, but your motor control skills and reflex speed are of someone who is legally drunk.
  • Multitasking is information overload. This is why talking on Bluetooth and driving increases the odds that you can get into an accident.

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