Smart people are clever but clever doesn't mean smart. - Deepstash

Smart people are clever but clever doesn't mean smart.

Have you ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect ? If you don't know the term, you definitely have experienced the principle. This psychological rule states that it's the most incompetent who are the most confident, while the most intelligent doubt their own abilities. Why? In short, dumb people are too dumb to understand exactly how dumb they are. Smart people are clever enough to know how much they don't know.

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"A high IQ is like height in a basketball player," says David Perkins, who studies thinking and reasoning skills at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "It is very important, all other things being equal. But all other things aren't equal. There's a lot more to being a good basketball player than being tall, and there's a lot more to being a good thinker than having a high IQ."

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Technological advancement perceived as dangerous

It seems that every major scientific or technological advancement is immediately labeled "dangerous" by critics. 

  • The printing press was going to destroy our memory.
  •  Pasteur's groundbreaking work was followed by an anti-vaccine movement. 
  • Radio was going to destroy society; then it was television; then, the internet. 

Pushback against progress appears inevitable. Technology is usually morally indifferent. Smartphones can be used to video call your grandparents or order illegal drugs. How we use technology is what matters.

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