Original content is hard. Where did I come up with all of that energy?
Anyway, Ron Guhname touched on a topic near and dear to my heart.
In his new book The Folly of Fools, Robert Trivers hypothesizes that smart people are more likely to tell lies. This surprised me since I usually assume that intelligent people tend to act more prosocially. According to Trivers, if you compare across species, deception increases with intelligence. Better deception and manipulation require more mental ability. Do Smart People Lie More?
Less intuitive is this idea:
By they way, Trivers seems to think that bright people not only deceive more; they are also more likely to self-deceive, which is contrary to what most intelligent people think about themselves.
I’ll admit, I was a little taken aback by the suggestion, being roughly a three-sigma guy myself. On the other hand…it does match my observations of other smart people. I suppose my ego can survive the idea if it’s a problem with other people OH, DAMMIT.