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Sowell on braininess

September 29th, 2009 by Vader

Thomas Sowell is one of the finest living social philosophers in America.

I think that entitles him to make statements like this one:

There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs.

The truth, it smarts.

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September 29th, 2009 11:56:20
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Adam G.
September 29, 2009

The military proverb is that officers can either be smart or dumb, and either lazy or drivers. The smart, lazy officers are the best, followed by the smart drivers. Dumb, lazy officers are all right. But woe betide the unit officered by a dumb driver.

Steve Sailer, on the other hand, believes that most smart people are good, for genetic reasons and also for reasons of enlightened self-interest, but that human societies are surprisingly vulnerable to smart, evil people, who can do tons of damage.

Me, I think smart, good officious people are almost as bad, except of course myself.

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