Just anecdotal experience here but it seems I've hadCnsl1 wrote: ↑Sun Nov 06, 2022 10:40 pmI like that description that stupid people are more dangerous than the malevolent, though maybe "stupid" isn't a great adjective. I suspect there is a positive correlation between that type of person and poorer scores on an intelligence test, but I wouldn't guess the correlation is very strong. I suspect there is a stronger correlation with personality type.. maybe more a gullible, neurotic, closed to new experiences type of person.. intellectually lazy, non-inquisitive, which might relate more to environment and learning history. A "lazy learner" is maybe a pretty good description, ironically enough.
involvement with people of varying levels of intellect who stake out philosophical/religious beliefs that don't hold water. And they refuse to entertain even the remote possibility that they could be wrong. (Sorry about the mixed metaphor but you get the gist.)
I think what makes the difference is arrogance.
Arrogance doesn't limit itself to intellect, station in life, ethnicity, rich or poor. Some of the most arrogant people I've met were poor.
It's a mistake to equate "intellect" with "intelligence". I currently have some very well-read, intellectual people living with me whose arrogance stands in the way of their increasing in intelligence.
They are, on a very basic level, well meaning people. That's why in the past I have coined the term "arrogance without malice."
And yet if they are pushed on the reasoning of the territory they have staked out, they do indeed become angry and hateful.
I think that's why C.S. Lewis considered pride or arrogance to be such a deadly sin. It is a thought stopping plug that constipates the minds ability to reason and think freely.