Intellectualism Is Overrated


“Stupid is as stupid does.” – Mrs. Gump

One thing that anti-Brexits, #NeverTrumps, global warmists and Vile Progs all agree on is that everyone who doesn’t agree with them is stupid. Even worse, lots of these stupid people are proud of their ignorance and determined to keep it.

These hardcore dummies are called “anti-intellectuals” and they are led by ignoramuses like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. They are turning our country into an Idiocracy.

No, seriously.

Anti-Intellectualism Is Biggest Threat to Modern Society

My wife, who was born and raised in Poland, once told me what it was like to go to school in that country. In her classes, which largely focused on the hard sciences, the most popular students were the smart ones. Students looked up to their intelligent, hard-working colleagues. When she came to the United States as a high school exchange student, she found the exact opposite to be true. The smart students were the outcasts, while the popular ones were jocks and cheerleaders.

Though admittedly anecdotal, her experience isn’t unusual and seems to illustrate a larger truth about America: As a society, we never grew up beyond high school. Not being smart continues to be cool. Rejecting the collective wisdom of scientists, economists, academics, and journalists is applauded. Spurning the “establishment” (defined, it seems, as anybody with expertise on any subject) has become the new national pastime.

This trend has lethal consequences. Every single year, public health experts beg and plead for people to receive influenza vaccinations, but most Americans ignore them. Despite the fact that the seasonal flu vaccine is imperfect (due to the unpredictable nature of the virus), thousands of Americans have died unnecessarily because they choose to reject their doctor’s advice.

Less dramatically, the thoughtless dismissal of expertise ultimately underlies all of the anti-science movements in America, from denial of evolution to rejection of biotechnology. Regulation and litigation have replaced scientific investigation.

There is some more and you probably should read it. It must be important because it was written by a doctor! (He knows science and shit.)

Dr. Alex Berezow is Senior Fellow of Biomedical Science at ACSH, the founding editor of RealClearScience, and on the USA Today Board of Contributors. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology.

Intellectuals are the people who told us we would all be dead by now. First it was nuclear annihilation, then starvation, overpopulation, global cooling, glaobal warming, Frankenfoods, gluten, . . . the list goes on and on.

Barack Obama is an intellectual. Just look at his college transcripts. He’s easily the smartest president ever.

Intellectuals think that the world should be run by the best and brightest – i.e. themselves.

The problem is that intellectuals tend to be pig-headed fools, especially outside their narrow areas of expertise. If you don’t believe me then take a look at any college campus.

The truth is that people still esteem education and intelligence. What they reject is the elitism of so-called intellectuals. They also reject certain theories and/or policies, such as gender identity and unisex bathrooms.

Intellectuals created socialism and it’s modern incarnation, globalism.

But if you want to see some real anti-intellectuals, check out radical Muslims. They reject science. They want to bring back the 7th Century.

They want to destroy modern society.



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115 Responses to Intellectualism Is Overrated

  1. Somebody says:

    I find a lot of highly intelligent people to lack common sense and you’re correct outside their narrow scope of expertise forget about it. His comments about science are ridiculous, there would be no scientific discoveries without questioning conventional wisdom.

    By the by did I miss the release of Obama’s transcripts? LMAO!

  2. swanspirit says:

    Intellectuals ! Unfortunately I remember Jimmy Carter, being touted as a great possible President because of his genius intellect. And we all know how that turned out.
    I have worked with too many supposedly intelligent people for decades, and unless they had other outstanding qualities, like compassion , common sense, or understanding, they were worse than useless, they created more problems than they solved.

    • Ann says:

      To me, there is a real difference between an intelligent person and an intellectual. One is truly smart, the other thinks s/he is smarter than you (generic you).

      Generally speaking, I have found truly intelligent people to be very aware of just how much they do not know, and always looking for answers to remedy that. Sure that is anecdotal too, but it is my life experience.

      The difference between book-smart people with no street-smarts and a street-smart person can be startling in every day life.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Humility is the beginning of wisdom.

        • Somebody says:

          I think you’ve both hit the nail on the head…… smart or intellectual vs intelligent and wise. Street-smarts or common sense vs none is flabbergasting. No matter how “intelligent” the person is if they lack common sense or if they are a pompous ass I don’t want anything to do with them.

          • jeffhas says:

            In my daily life I have boiled it down to Smart vs. Intelligent. Intelligent people have hit all the right classes got the best grades, and ‘should’ be the brightest among their peers, and yet they generally lack self-awareness in social skills at a minimum, usually they also have no idea how to drive on the freeway (among many common sense attributes).

            ‘Smart’ people in my analysis may not have received the best grades or ever taken a calculus class, yet they seem to navigate a home sale, car purchase, cocktail party all with ease… Oh, and they are aware of their surroundings enough to know how to merge into traffic on the freeway!

            I know Smart vs. Intelligent is way too simplistic, but this way I don’t have to explain ‘book Smart’, ‘College smart’, or ‘street smart’, etc… And we all (except the intellectual) know some combo of Smart and Intelligent makes for a good recipe to get through life successfully… If Course self awareness means you have some humility, and lastly… It’s the damned Superiority complexes that usually trip-up the intelligent ones… Special snowflake syndrome is rampant these days – but it has been around less commonly for generations.

          • foxyladi14 says:


      • 49erDweet says:

        Once had a genius dispatcher working for me that sat on a robbery call because he was arguing with the victim over the phone how to spell the street name. Smart but no sense.

      • AFVet says:

        Curiosity and experience are the result of wisdom.

      • Constance says:

        Intellectualism is like a religion. You have to accept the current dogma and recite the mantras and platitudes of the group, with faith and without question, to earn the label of intellectual.

  3. taw46 says:

    Remember this?

    “Barack Obama is the smartest man with the highest IQ ever to be elected to the presidency, historian Michael Beschloss told radio talk show host Don Imus in November of 2008.

    “So what is his IQ?” Mr. Imus asked. Mr. Beschloss didn’t know. He was just assuming.”

    • DeniseVB says:

      Trump shouldn’t release a thing until Obama releases ALL his sealed records. Has Hillary released her Wall Street speech transcripts yet? If not, I know what’s in them…..”Hey, guys, I’m going to have to bash you on the campaign trail to get those lousy votes from stupid progressives and the Bernies, I can’t help you out if I don’t WIN!”

      • CiscoKid says:

        And when asked tell Hillary, “I’ll e-mail them to you” as per that poster last week.

  4. Lulu says:

    I want smarter “smart” people. I don’t think the smart people are very smart. They (and their mothers) say they are smart but I want evidence. Like a Monty Python-style twit contest, mastery of Chinese checkers, the ability to use a knife and fork, something, anything. That could be the hand eye coordination part. Then maybe an emotional IQ test. Calling for the murder, rape, or castration or someone who disagrees with you on economics (which the violent and bloodthirsty “smarties” don’t seem to grasp even in a rudimentary fashion) seems to indicate a severe handicap in intellect. That is smarties and the elites are an entire “worse” category. Dumb asses used to be told to shut up. I remember when I was a child and a dumb ass being told that. So I grew and smartened up.

    As an example the “anti-fascists” who were physically attacking the “fascists” in where-ever California had severe “dork syndrome” in their physical movement in the video. If one of my kids moved around like that in late childhood-early pubescence I would have gotten them physical therapy. Anyway these are severely limited individuals and not what one would call well developed in coordination, emotional maturity OR intellectual development. In other words dorks and many are worse as in creeps. Being nice and letting dorks, creeps and nitwits have an outsize say in anything is ruinous. There doesn’t seem to be a societal imperative to make people get past the “arrested development” syndrome and then they think they have something important to say as mental and physical coordination eleven year olds. NO. Shut up. You are a clumsy, mouthy, child. Go away and grow up. No money for you.

  5. taw46 says:

  6. Venus says:

    Good morning TCHers!

    The more I see, the more I think the “intellectuals” all suffer from Dunning Krueger effect. They aren’t anywhere near as smart as they are. I think their mommas lied to them.

    In other news, it’s another media fail — remember all those Sunday b.s. national polls showing Hillary with double-digit leads (and with internals showing survey of Dems by double digits over R and single digits Independents)? Well, a new Quinnipiac polls shows it as a 2 point race (42 Hillary; 40 Trump) — w/in the MOE; so a dead heat.

    Haven’t seen the internals, but I’m willing to bet there aren’t twice as many Ds as Rs surveyed.

    More at Breitbart:

  7. DeniseVB says:

    The Dems are certainly spinning this Benghazi report to their benefit, blaming Republicans’ costly, partisan witch hunt should be paid back to the taxpayers. Hillary would have provided more security to the embassy had the GOP not cut her budget. Last two guys died in Benghazi 8 hours after the attack, it’s the military’s fault !

    What utter bullsh*t. Thanks to the MSM pushing these same *facts* from the report, HRC is smelling like a rose. Who’s holding the gun to Gowdy’s head? So disappointed😦

    • Somebody says:

      To anyone with any knowledge of the situation the report is damning, but the vast majority are ignorant of the facts. They’ve been brainwashed to believe Benghazi is a partisan witch hunt no matter what new facts may come to light. One thing proven beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the administration and SOS Clinton knew immediately that it was a planned terrorist attack. They intercepted communication and HRC told her own daughter that fact, yet insisted to the families and the American public it was a fucking youtube video. Sooooo, it does prove what most of us knew that we were lied to.

      The report illuminates that while Americans were fighting for their lives the most important thing on the agenda of TPTB was coming up with a youtube video cover story. Also, it’s damning that apparently the secretary of Defense ordered a rescue mission that never got off the ground due to wardrobe concerns. Sooooooo who was so fucking concerned about our soldiers wardrobe choices and appearances?? Also, how come POTUS wasn’t at that meeting or involved??? What could have been more important than American lives?

      Another interesting tidbit is the fact that in the end it was forces loyal to Gaddafi, former Libyan military that got our people out of there. The “rebel” forces we armed and supported turned on us. To anyone with some measure of objectivity it would seem the decision to arm said rebels and overturn the Libyan government was a monumental mistake and the little tidbit of who came to our rescue should be the nail in the coffin, but the MSM isn’t going to cover anything that reflects badly on teh one or HRC.

    • taw46 says:

      I found this disturbing, and of course, MSM won’t talk about this.

      “The officer further predicted to his superiors “that there was a very good chance that everybody here was going to die.”

      In a devastating indictment, the officer stated that a superior told him “everybody back here in D.C. knows that people are going to die in Benghazi, and nobody cares and nobody is going to care until somebody does die.”

      The dramatic testimony was provided to the House Select Committee on Benghazi and contained in a 339-page House Democrat report on Benghazi released on Monday and reviewed in full by Breitbart Jerusalem. The report was issued prior to the release on Tuesday of the Benghazi Committee’s final report.”

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        I have yet to hear an official explanation that makes sense for what our people were doing in Benghazi in the first place. I believe they were running a covert op to buy back weapons from the militias and transfer them to rebels in Syria.

        All highly illegal.

        • dm says:

          Check out No Quarter…LJ has written extensively on Benghazi.

          • Lulu says:

            They were selling Gaddafi’s arms shit to ISIS and Al Queda via Erdogan. I think Erd is supposed to do some kickbacks to Broncobama when he is out of office if Putin doesn’t kill Erd (somehow) first. Oil and arms. Why would Gaddafi supporters run in and run the killer’s off? Those are THEIR arms they were selling and Gaddafi paid for them.

        • mcnorman says:

          Shades of Fast and Furious.

        • Somebody says:

          I don’t think we’ll ever know the truth about why we had such a large footprint there, because at least the leadership of both parties was up to their neck in illegal bullshit. Therefore they may bluster and blow, but they’ll never unearth a damn thing it’s all theater.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    True story…

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      But Warren does not practice what she preaches regarding Wall Street so she is really a faux vegan. Claiming to be a vegan in public but lots of bacon and deviled eggs hidden in the bottom drawer of the fridge.

  9. elliesmom says:

    When I was applying to college, one of my choices was one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the country. At the same time I was being wooed by a smaller, well-established school looking for some brave women to help them go coed. When I was chatting with the Dean of Admissions at the smaller place, I asked him, other than the huge scholarship they were offering, why should I choose to go there? He said, “If you go there, you will graduate thinking you know everything. If you come here, you’ll be in awe of how much you still don’t know. Which attitude makes a better scientist or engineer?” Ultimately, it was the free ride through school that sold me, but he was right at least about his school. I thought I knew less when I left than when I arrived although I had learned a tremendous amount.

  10. Dora says:

    Come and get me, Obama, I won’t stop talking about the alleged sexual assault of a five year old girl by 3 Muslim ‘rapefugees’

    First there was a media coverup of the Twin Falls five-year-old who allegedly was stripped naked, sexually assaulted and urinated on by three Muslim boys, age 14, 10, & 7. Now Obama’s US Attorney in Idaho, Wendy J. Olson, is threatening to prosecute anyone who spreads “false or inflammatory information” about the Muslim refugee perps.

  11. Myiq2xu™ says:

  12. Myiq2xu™ says:

    This special snowflake is clueless:

    I was able to get a summer internship at a company that does work in the industry I want to work in after I graduate. Even though the division I was hired to work in doesn’t deal with clients or customers, there still was a very strict dress code. I felt the dress code was overly strict but I wasn’t going to say anything, until I noticed one of the workers always wore flat shoes that were made from a fabric other than leather, or running shoes, even though both of these things were contrary to the dress code.

    I spoke with my manager about being allowed some leeway under the dress code and was told this was not possible, despite the other person being allowed to do it. I soon found out that many of the other interns felt the same way, and the ones who asked their managers about it were told the same thing as me. We decided to write a proposal stating why we should be allowed someone leeway under the dress code. We accompanied the proposal with a petition, signed by all of the interns (except for one who declined to sign it) and gave it to our managers to consider. Our proposal requested that we also be allowed to wear running shoes and non leather flats, as well as sandals (not flip-flops though) and other non-dress shoes that would fit under a more business casual dress code. It was mostly about the footwear, but we also incorporated a request that we not have to wear suits and/or blazers in favor of a more casual, but still professional dress code.

    The next day, all of us who signed the petition were called into a meeting where we thought our proposal would be discussed. Instead, we were informed that due to our “unprofessional” behavior, we were being let go from our internships. We were told to hand in our ID badges and to gather our things and leave the property ASAP.

    We were shocked. The proposal was written professionally like examples I have learned about in school, and our arguments were thought out and well-reasoned. We weren’t even given a chance to discuss it. The worst part is that just before the meeting ended, one of the managers told us that the worker who was allowed to disobey the dress code was a former soldier who lost her leg and was therefore given permission to wear whatever kind of shoes she could walk in. You can’t even tell, and if we had known about this we would have factored it into our argument.

    I have never had a job before (I’ve always focused on school) and I was hoping to gain some experience before I graduate next year. I feel my dismissal was unfair and would like to ask them to reconsider but I’m not sure the best way to go about it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Welcome to the real world.

    • jeffhas says:

      Advice: learn from your mistake. The world does not revolve around you. Before you say anything or submit anything in writing to someone that could impact your income (or has any importance in your life), let someone with common sense (or at least some experience), read your note before you submit it.

    • taw46 says:

      Summer interns? And they were trying to tell management how they should manage? They were more concerned about clothing than what they were there to learn? Kudos to the company for letting them all go.

    • elliesmom says:

      In my last position in industry I supervised the summer interns. On the first day I sat them down and explained the life of a summer intern. ‘Most of the people here don’t want you here. They have work to do and deadlines to meet. Your only value is helping them meet their deadlines. If that means you fetch coffee and staple paper, that’s your job. They aren’t here to teach you anything although some of you will be lucky enough to learn a lot. The best recommendations will come from the people who find you invisibly helpful. The people who can sit you down in the morning, tell you what needs to be done, and at the end of the day, it will all be done. Those instructions will, of course, include some teaching on their part, but they probably won’t see it that way. They will expect you to mess up occasionally. How you handle it is more important than the mess you made. The rules that govern conduct here have been made with full knowledge of employment law. Follow them or expect to be shown the door. We already know this experience is more valuable to you than you are to us. At the end of the summer all of you will be given a positive review. To give you a bad review might render you unemployable, and the company doesn’t value you enough to spend money on legal issues. The best of you will get a personal letter of recommendation from your mentor, and the very best of you will be offered employment after you graduate. If you have any problems come to me so I can inform you they’re not problems anybody but me wants to listen to.”

      We had a great intern program, and in truth most of the engineers absolutely loved having the college kids around. But it’s easier to “get nicer” as the internship went on than it is to tighten things down. I think this person deserved to be fired. It’s just too bad she took so many other people down with her although they were stupid to follow her. I always taught my kids to dress like the boss. It sends the message it’s the job you want to have someday.

      • Constance says:

        I sent my kids to schools that required uniforms and told them they were lucky because they didn’t need to spend time and money on an extensive wardrobe. If you play soccer you wear your soccer uniform even if you don’t like the color. If you are swimming you wear your swim team suit even if you don’t like the color. If you go to school you wear your uniform, no one cares if you like it. If you go out to bars to meet men you wear your guy getting sweaters and shoes no one cares if they are comfortable. When you go to work you find out what the uniform is and you wear it and you should have no expectation that you would like the required professional clothes.

        Another thing parents can do is refuse to buy any fashion magazines. I know my daughter read some of them at her friends houses but I just told her magazines are free at the library, go there if you want to read them or buy them with your own money. Fashion magazines are nothing but ad venues that encourage girls to waste too much time on trying to conform to arbitrary beauty standards, which does not lead to happiness or success.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        That is a great approach Ellie. I have been told by several former interns that the best lesson I taught them was that work is often time consuming and tedious. Many of their contemporaries would whine over wanting to just go to meetings, conferences and be involved only with important projects and expected to be able to delegate all their actual work to others. Eventually many of those workers have been let go or left behind because they would not do basic tasks expected of everyone.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Exactly EM 😀

    • Lulu says:

      Obviously the parents of these brats did not have a talk with them before they started or maybe the parents have never worked. Rule number one: Show up on time. Rule number two: Obey the dress code. Rule three: STFU. Rule Four: Do what you are told.

      All three of my kids had internships. The boys through their school and my daughter had stupid crap internships offered but I thought I could do better with something in the real world-a busy law office. She had turned into a slobby, snotty college girl. I made her live at home during summer, get up, dress, put on makeup, do her hair and show up on time. I bought her one black shirt, one pair of good leather flats, a white shirt, a khaki pair of dress slacks, and a shirtdress. It was MY dress code! She was to to work for free! To learn! By the second week she was the back up receptionist (she looked good!), the errand runner (driving really old boss-man’s Lexus) and learning how to assemble files and work case management (which she uses in her current employment). By this time she was making 12 bucks an hour in the second week. She worked another summer and three Christmas vacations at this firm. And she learned she did not want to be a lawyer.

    • votermom says:

      I was reading that and lost on an hour on all the other letters on the site. LOL.
      So much cluenessness.

    • mcnorman says:

      Ah, their first slapdown. Protecting the special snowflakes from the bad ugly world will not last forever.

    • leslie says:

      I am certain this snowflake doesn’t want advice; she wants support. I doubt when she hears from real working people who have real jobs, she will dismiss it as classism or misogynism or sexism. But advice —- I hardly think she will accept.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Ask a Manager is one of my favorites sites to keep tabs on just how out of touch people are with the real world. There are quite a few regular commenters who read sexism/racism/whatever into the most mundane office problems. It has helped me be prepared for dealing with individuals that have no clue as well as certain vanity type organizations that seem to have an overall clueless culture and do not mesh well with others.

    • swanspirit says:

      You just got your experience, stupid, and not only for yourself, but some other idiots as well. I bet they are thrilled with you. Jeez.

  13. Dora says:

  14. DandyTIger says:

    Cher learned about emojis:

    • Lulu says:

      OMG! That is hilarious. This is why I specifically refuse how to use that shit. You look like a senile idiot.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Going to turn the Benghazi Report over to my spokesperson, Tomi. Shes says what I’m always thinking and will probably never be hired by a corporate network. Interesting that it’s Glenn Beck who gives her a platform, especially that she’s a Trumpkin😀

  16. jennifer lyn says:

    My fiancee graduated from the engineering program at Texas A & M in the 60’s. He said most people flunked out. He had about a 200 IQ. He was much older than me and I lost him this year but that is another story for another day. Anyway, he said the last 50 years we have dumbed down most colleges and programs such that the best of the best couldn’t make it in the old days. Smart is as smart does and no degree makes you smart. Look at Obama. Lawrence Tribe, preeminent scholar and the author of the leading book on constitutional law said when Obama was running the first time that Obama was so smart he didn’t view him as a student. Of course, this flies in the face of the entirety of the history of the way law is taught–the model is to break you down and then build you up as you learn. Called the Socratic Method. I called Tribe and told him the only thing more stupid and obviously false than his statement was that Obama got into Harvard on his merits and actually graduated on his merits. Whole world has lost its mind, its morality and its way. We better get it back soon or there will be nothing good left in the entire world.

    • votermom says:

      Jen, hugs & sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss.

      And yes, engineering in the 60s – slide rules and T-squares got us to the moon.

      • mcnorman says:

        Slide rulers? Good grief, I thought I was the only one who knew what that was anymore. LOL

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          I still have my old slide rule. I also have my dad’s “portable” versions of a slide rule and an engineers scale ruler that fit in a pocket. Of course his pockets were complete with pocket protectors. He even wore those with his polo shirts when he played golf.

        • elliesmom says:

          Bite your tongue! I still have my mahogany slide rule.

    • leslie says:

      I am so sorry to hear that you lost someone who was so meaningful to your life. I hope the memories are dear and help to make the sorrow bearable.

  17. votermom says:

  18. Myiq2xu™ says:

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Our feckless leader, King Snowflake. Just can’t make up this media slobber…..

  20. Dora says:

    Can you believe this crap? Sometimes I just feel like giving up.

    Why Did Bill Clinton And Loretta Lynch Meet On Her Airplane In Phoenix This Week? [VIDEO]

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton for a half-hour on her government airplane at the Phoenix airport on Tuesday, an Arizona news station is reporting.

  21. Propertius says:

    “Leaves everyone alone”

    Well, maybe not:

    Obviously, he should be on some kind of beard-cutter watchlist.

  22. votermom says:

    I made myself a great salad for lunch. Based it off a salad I got at an Italian place.
    Ham, pepperoni, cheese, olives, pepperoncini, hard-boiled egg, romaine lettuce
    All chopped up.
    And anchovies.

    I forgot the red onion though.

  23. DeniseVB says:

    I approve. I❤ "Loki"

  24. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Watching the livestream now, with the Three Amigos presser on mute. I bet Trump has more viewers than both Fox broadcast channels😉

  25. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      It’s so easy to smack Hillary. I think if Dems had a choice, they’d nominate someone else. But they have no bench, and they have no choice.

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Highlights from The Amigos Presser ….. /sarc

  27. mothy67 says:

    The use of “smart diplomacy” said it all. Such incredible hubris. When isis began decapitating infants it should have been extinguished. Behead a baby because of a lack of jobs. Let them have their little fit. They are JV. Off the top of my head since 2008 I recall Orlando, Sydney, the mall in Africa, a number of hotels, a resort beach, Ottawa, Charle Hedbo, Paris, San Bernidino, Boston, Brussels, Russian plane, attempt on Spanish train. Too many failed attempts to remember.
    If radical islam were a person it would be a sociopath. There is no fixing a sociopath. After every event my facebook feed is filled with simpletons calling for love.

  28. DeniseVB says:

    Dragging this up from downstairs. Fox news networks were covering the creepy Three Amigos AmMexCanican presser while I was watching a Trump rally on FOX newstreaming, there were about 9k watching the newstream when I left, I’m sure that was more than watching the FNC and FBN broadcasts. Which I’ll annotate for you:

    Any questions?😀

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