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Why Smart People Can Be So Stupid Hardcover – April 1, 2002
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Written by multiple authors who make key contributions, the book introduces a myriad of compelling reasons as to why smart people can be so stupid in each chapter. But first the definitions. Smart is the psychological concept of intelligence. Stupidity can be the property of an act, behavior, state, or person.
Intelligence seems to be domain specific, meaning that we are smart in one area, and stupid in others; hence the term: smart, but stupid. In general we recognize people as intelligent if they have some combination of these achievements: (1) good grades in school; (2) a high level of education; (3) a responsible complex job, or (4) some other recognition of being intelligent, such as winning prestigious awards or earning a large salary; (5) the ability to read complex text with good comprehension or (6) solve difficulty or novelty problems. Stupid is also defined as failure to use cognitive abilities, the opposite of smart, and mindlessness.
Perhaps the most adopted view of intelligence is defined by the American Psychological Association: the ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, and to overcome obstacles by taking thought.Read more ›