Monday, 2 December 2013

Defining stupidity

I watched a documentary on stupidity.  It posed the question of "What is stupidity?" but never defined it, probably because it's too nebulous to define.

The best definition I can think of is this:
stupidity (n.)
1. To act in contradiction to reality, facts, and/or one's own interests
2. To deny and ignore reality and facts in pursuit of one's desires or ambitions
It's not a perfect catch-all, but it fairly well describes things most educated would call stupid:
  • "daredevils" and other physically dangerous acts
  • religion, creationism, climate change denial, political hypocrisy
  • obsession and fanaticism (music, movies, sports, etc.)

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