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Intelligence, in order to be useful, must be used for something other than defeating itself.
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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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Revision as of 09:45, 8 July 2009

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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