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Posted by on Nov 8, 2009 in Miscellaneous, Society | 8 comments

High IQ versus rational decison making, it doesn’t necessarily correlate

In light of the not so recent end of the George W. Bush administration, it is worth evaluating the value of a high IQ versus the ability to make rational, fact-based decisions. I found this article very enlightening:

Clever fools: Why a high IQ doesn’t mean you’re smart

It is something worth thinking about.

Cross-posted between Random Fate and The Moderate Voice.

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  • Leonidas

    Just go to a garage and talk with a mechanic about cars, now some have high IQs and some don’t, but most of them likely know more about cars and fixing them than a high IQ automotive engineer who belongs to mensa.

  • Father_Time


    George W. Bush

    The Spin Engineering Dept. must be running out of ideas at GOP HQ……..

    • JeffersonDavis

      Hey bonehead…. The article was not kind to GW Bush. It said he was intelligent according to IQ, but lacking when it came to common sense. Why did you equate that to someone whining about Bush vs Obama?

      The article is dead on the mark. High IQ, in my experience, typically belongs to folks who could invent a new type of nuclear weapon, and then test it with a sledgehammer. There are a few out there that have both high IQ AND high comprehensive (common sense) intelligence – they just don’t run for President very often. The jury is still out on Obama’s decision-making ability. He’s an excellent executive thus far, and he is intelligent…..but Don Quijote is right…. The spine is lacking.

  • Don Quijote

    The problem with the Obama administration isn’t one of IQ, it’s one of spine…

  • redbus

    Funny, Obama doesn’t have “spine,” but George W. Bush was stubborn and wouldn’t listen to others once his mind was made up, etc. Guess we can’t be satisfied with anyone, so hard are we Americans to please.

  • dduck12

    I think Obama is smart. (So is my cat when she wants to get food or wake you up.)
    It used to be said that you have to know “when to come out of the rain”,. Now, too often, it’s: We have to take a poll and check populist opinion so we can decide if we should come in out of the rain.

  • JSpencer

    Great article! It really points out the limitations of present day attitudes about what makes a person smart. The type of problem solving ability that comes from experience, genuine curiosity, and being engaged with life in a broad way will trump pure IQ every time. Formal education is also important (of course), but is only one component when it comes to the ability to make rational decisions. Needless to say, when partisanship becomes a contributing factor in the attempt to think coherently, a certain amount of objectivity is bound to be lost. We are a society that loves shortcuts and stereotypes… to our detriment.

  • dduck12

    “These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.”

    Vernon Cooper:

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