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Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:44:15 -0400
Archived: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 08:44:15 -0400
Subject: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things




Source: Magazine.UToronto.Ca

http://tinyurl.com/mo7ugv

Summer 2009


Why Smart People Do Stupid Things

Intelligence by itself doesn't make you rational. Thinking
rationally demands mental skills that some of us don't have and
many of us don't use
By Kurt Kleiner

How can someone so smart be so stupid? We've all asked this
question after watching a perfectly intelligent friend or
relative pull a boneheaded move.

People buy high and sell low. They believe their horoscope. They
figure it can't happen to them. They bet it all on black because
black is due. They supersize their fries and order the diet
Coke. They talk on a cellphone while driving. They throw good
money after bad. They bet that a financial bubble will never
burst.

You've done something similarly stupid. So have I. Professor
Keith Stanovich should know better, but he's made stupid
mistakes, too.


[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]





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