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I think stupidity is more to do with attitude than ability.
NOMINEE 16 - Associated Press, Kincaid, W. VA: Blasting Cap Explodes in Man's Mouth at Party. A man at a party popped a blasting cap into his mouth and bit down, triggering an explosion that blew off his lips, teeth and tongue, state police said Wednesday. Jerry Stromyer, 24, of Kincaid, bit the blasting cap as a prank during a party late Tuesday night, said Cpl. M.D. Payne. "Another man had it in an aquarium, hooked to a battery, and was trying to explode it," Payne said. "It wouldn't go off and this guy said, 'I'll show you how to set it off.' I just can't imagine anyone doing something like that," Payne said. NOMINEE #17 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1-1-93: In December near Mineral Wells, Tex., three men who were attempting to steal copper wire off live electrical lines for resale were electrocuted. Copper wiring is a valuable scrap metal in Texas but is usually stolen from electric cables that are not being used. Low Blow for Gunman VANCOUVER (CP)From The Calgary Sun Saturday, December 28, 1996: A man arguing over a love triangle accidentally shot himself in the groin, taking off his testicles and part of his penis. Police said the man was waving a .357 Magnum revolver around during the shouting match early yesterday. But when he stuffed it back in his pants the gun went off. Police were called to the hospital after the man in his 20's was brought in by friends. Charges are pending against the victim, who is expected to survive.
A mature student choked to death after an "impromptu" challenge by a friend to see who could eat the most fairy cakes...
I'm broadly with the 'attitude' camp of thinking, although I think it can be taken a bit deeper - why would people want to adopt a stupid attitude?My best hypotheses is that it comes down to fear of failure. The reasoning behind this is that knowledge and understanding of something brings with it a degree of responsibility. For example, if you see a bad situation that you understand, but which others don't, you will feel that there is an onus upon you to correct it even if the bad situation wasn't caused by you. The alternative is to do nothing and let the bad situation continue. This sounds straightforward enough - if you're selfless you fix it and if you're selfish you don't, but tied in with this is the fact that just about everyone will have had the experience of believing that they understood something only to find out later that they were wrong. This means that people can be reluctant to do the right thing when they are right because they're not confident enough that they're right and fear the embarrassment of being wrong.In short, people can be scared of being intelligent in case they're not as intelligent as they think they are. Being stupid, on the other hand is something that's regarded as being beyond personal control - it's not my fault I'm not smart.
I used to work with a "moron"
I think you've already dealt with itQuoteI used to work with a "moron" (my empathises)You either put up with it or remove yourself from it.I think this might be another aspect of fear of failure, although in these cases the person is so scared of being shown to be wrong that they'll enter denial over it, to the extent of irrationality. This phenomenon seems to be especially common, if not ubiquitous amongst politicians.
I used to work with a "moron".