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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice... Against stupidity we are defenseless; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgment simply need not be believed – in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical –and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Kip sent this interesting piece over.


Kerr A. Lott said...

On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit (aka, some of us don’t have a built-in bullshit detector)


“Those more receptive to bullshit are less reflective, lower in cognitive ability (i.e., verbal and fluid intelligence, literacy, numeracy), are more prone to ontological (i.e. “related to or based upon being or existence” ) confusions (e.g. the ‘existence’ of: god(s), flying saucers, ‘chemtrails’, cancers caused by EMI/RFI etc.) and conspiratorial ideation (the government uses ‘chemtrails’ to control the weather, the earth is flat, COVID-19 was created in a Chinese lab, pizzagate etc.) are more likely to hold religious and paranormal beliefs ( e.g. any ‘major’ religion, cults like scientology, mormonism, wiccanism, satanism etc.), and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine ( e.g. faith healing, chiropractic, holistic medicine, etc.)”

Anonymous said...

Wow I’m a slow conservative it will take me awhile to figure what u said