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  •  Nope, sorry, but some people are stupid (5+ / 0-)

    they simply are.  It's not nice, and it's not fair, and it's not polite, but some people are stupid.  

    •  Damn straight. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Some people are politically ignorant, maybe (1+ / 0-)
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      even "stupid." They are still likely to be smart in other ways unless they are completely low-functioning.

      People who revel in making broad generalizations likely based on ignorance of neurology, psychology and pedagogy and who further expect bonus points for being edgy and "not nice" leave themselves open to being classified as sociopolitically and empathically "stupid."  

      •  I've got an MA in special ed (0+ / 0-)

        and a PhD in psychometrics.

        Some people are stupid.  I don't expect any bonus points or anything, and I'm not reveling in anything.  It's just a fact.

        At the extreme, there are profoundly retarded people (I've worked with some of them) who don't react at all to anything.  Or who might, after months of intensive work, learn to track something with their eyes.  

        You acknowledge this in your "unless they are completely low-functioning".  

        But very few, if any, human traits exist purely as classifications or categories.  Nearly everything is a continuum.  And, whatever you mean by 'intelligence' whether you regard it as one thing, three things, or 7 things, some people have more of it and some people have less.  If it's 7 things, then, just by chance, some people will be high on all 7 and some low on all 7.  

        You are right that there will be fewer people who are low on all 7 then who are low on just 1 or 2, but some people will be low on all 7.  Just how many will be low on all 7 depends on your definition of 'low' and on how correlated the 7 factors are.

        •  All true (1+ / 0-)
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          and this sounds a lot more intelligent than what you said before.

          And as far as what I said before....Well, this is mainly a political blog and so when you said "some people are stupid," you could fairly argue that "politically 'stupid'" is assumed.

          This wasn't really about you, but you're all schooled and stuff so I guess you knew that already.  

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