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Monday, May 30, 2005

Why smart people defend bad ideas

I’m sure you have stories of your own follies dealing with smart people defending bad ideas, or where you, yourself, as a smart person, have spent time arguing for things you regretted later. Given the wondrous multitude of ways the universe has granted humans to be smart and dumb at the same time, there are many more reasons why smart people behave in stupid ways.

Scottberkun has written a great article about why smart people sometimes have really bad ideas, and persistantly defend them. Growing up, the majority of my friends were very much like this, and I think that in some ways I too am guilty of the same thing.

Link (via Slashdot)