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Intelligence, in order to be useful, must be used for something other than defeating itself. Having a large knowledge of human heuristics and biases will tend to cause people to selectively apply those biases to arguments that they disagree with. This ability to destroy arguments that aren't already supported will make a technically smarter (or sophisticated) person less able to change their views when presented with evidence.
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Intelligence, in order to be useful, must be used for something other than defeating itself. Knowledge of human heuristics and [[biases]] may cause people to selectively find those biases in arguments they disagree with. This ability to destroy arguments that aren't already accepted will make a more knowledgeable person less able to change their views when presented with [[evidence]].
  
==References==
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==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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==See also==
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*[[Costs of rationality]]
  
=====Overcoming Bias Articles=====
 
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*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/04/knowing_about_b.html Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
 
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Revision as of 11:12, 8 July 2009

Intelligence, in order to be useful, must be used for something other than defeating itself. Knowledge of human heuristics and biases may cause people to selectively find those biases in arguments they disagree with. This ability to destroy arguments that aren't already accepted will make a more knowledgeable person less able to change their views when presented with evidence.

Blog posts

See also