The pitfall of relying on intelligence and logic

Last week a blogger called Avery Penarrun wrote:

Smart people have a problem, especially although not only when you put them in large groups.   That problem is an ability to convincingly rationalize nearly anything.  [snip]

If you know all the constraints and weights – with perfect precision – then you can use logic to find the perfect answer.  But when you don’t, which is always, there’s a pretty good chance your logic will lead you very, very far astray.

Most people find this out pretty early on in life, because their logic is imperfect and fails them often.  But really, really smart computer geek types may not ever find it out.

Click on The Curse of Smart People for his complete post.   It is, of course, not an argument for replacing reason with gut feeling, but against over-confidence and in favor of frequent reality checks.

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2 Responses to “The pitfall of relying on intelligence and logic”

  1. Alex Jones Says:

    I find logic is useless for survival.


  2. philebersole Says:

    Every normal human being is a reasoning being, just as every normal human being is an emotional being. Anyone who denies either side of their nature is just fooling themselves.


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