Here is a n exercise in how intelligence is no vaccine against stupid.
We see smart people selling the integrity for fame and money all the time–but are intelligent people less vulnerable to irrational or at least stupid behavior–maybe, maybe not–are they immune to error or fallacious thinking? I say no. Otherwise we would have so little to do here at JunkScience.com.
Exhibit one is the magnitude of scientific fraud related to climate and public policy/science when big money is in play.
Those of us who are pushing back on the ruling class/expert army know well the allure of academic promotions, connections, prosperity.
And, most important how intellectual passion and hubris can result in cargo cult science and chatter box advocacy of fraudulent research in the service of some master.
Enough money can buy a “consensus.”
A good scientist is his most severe critic and he tests his hypothesis with tough questions, and experimentation intended to disprove the hypothesis. (Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in physics, said all that and more in his commencement address at Cal Tech)
First the essay on intelligence and stupidity:
The more important lecture with pics of Feynman talking to CalTech graduates about scientific integrity and cargo cult science. How smart people fool themselves because of intellectual passion and tunnel vision–terrible afflictions that bring down the mighty intelligent.
I personally know that I am a sorta smart person–not really that intelligent, but I can be wise or hope to be wise because i understand the importance of humility, and curiosity.