March 10, 2010 2 Comments
Some more cherished beliefs of Smart People:
- Congress should pass the health care bill, whatever the hell is in it. Which they, in all their Smartness, have virtually no idea. (Think this one is a joke? Pelosi: “We have to pass the health care bill so that you can find out what is in it.”)
- “Global warming” is occurring, and anthropogenic, and going to be disastrous unless we reshape our society, and no conceivable evidence could possibly prove otherwise. Smart Peoples’ primary reason for believing this is that they heard some folks somewhere with PhD’s (i.e., other Smart People) – they don’t know who – made some computer models and that’s what the models showed. So that’s good enough for them! Smart People know nothing whatsoever about these models and wouldn’t know how to evaluate them if they tried. They just assume the models have been checked out by other Smart People (“peer review”) and the suggestion that this may not be sufficient offends Smart People to the core.
- “Stimulus” works and no conceivable evidence could possibly prove otherwise. The primary reason for believing this (as far as I can tell) is that “stimulus” is a word that impressively sounds like it comes from Latin. Smart People would totally use it in a school paper and everything. So, the whole theory of “stimulus” must make sense. You almost just can’t argue with it. How can you argue with a Latin term for crying out loud? You must be dumb.
- Health folklore such as, eat less fat, eat ‘organic’ (i.e. smaller/less plump) fruits/vegetables, and don’t eat salt is all totally incontrovertibly correct and proven 100%, and to whatever extent possible should be enforced by government. Ultimately this sort of health knowledge often tends to come from some phony nutritionist who came out with a health book and that Oprah Winfrey once had on her show in the late ’80s/early ’90s. But Smart People don’t even actually know that much. In actuality, Smart People tend to have no idea whatsoever where their views on healthy eating ultimately come from (and certainly haven’t lifted a single finger to actually check them out). For most of their nutrition beliefs, they heard something about a “study” on the news once, or from another Smart Person at a cocktail party, and that’s good enough for them, and should be (forcibly!) good enough for everyone else.
Oh yes, Smart People are oh so very smart.