Tuesday, 28 June 2016

‘Intellectual Yet Idiot’


Nassim Taleb posits a new political term that represents the opposite of PJ O’Rourke’s “earnestness” (being “stupidity sent to college.”) This is Intellectual Yet Idiot (IYI):

Intellectual Yet Idiot: semi-erudite bureaucrat who thinks he is an erudite; pathologises others for doing things he doesn't understand, not realising it is his understanding that may be limited; imparts normative ideas to others: thinks people should act according to their best interests and he knows their interests, particularly if they are uneducated "rednecks" or English non-crisp-vowel class.

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