Friday, October 20, 2017

Intelligent People Tend to Stretch the Truth, Have Bad Grammar, and Don't Read Very Often

Do you fib on occasion? Have troubles with grammar? Hate reading? Those traits could actually be signs of intelligence.


Yes, it is true (or is it?). Kennedy reportedly lied to the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis (they probably lied back). During WWII the allies staged one of the largest scale lies in history when they duped the Germans with Operation Body Guard. Even George Washington's iconic 'I cannot tell a lie' story was likely a myth.

Sure, there may be evidence suggesting that unintelligent people lie just as much (if not more), but the people who collect that kind of evidence are scientists. Scientists are smart. So, they're probably lying.


The're are people out their who take there grammar very seriously. But does that make them intelligent?

Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin were all known to have sketchy grammar.

Ever read a doctor's prescription? All fragments. PHD thesis papers can be found with sentences ending in prepositions throughout. Its unlikely that you could find an astrophysicist who hasn't confused the possessive form of "it" with the contraction.

Even well known writers struggle with spelling and grammar: These Famous Authors Made It Okay To Commit Grammar No-No’s


That's right. Those of you who never find time to read could very well be intelligent. Of course, if you are in that category, you're probably not reading this.

Let's be fair, reading requires discipline, focus, and critical thinking (not always). While such traits might seem to be those of intelligent folk, one could make the argument that smart people do not need to read because they already know everything. While that might seem ridiculous to the well read, maybe that's because their heads are so full of stuff they learned from books that they cannot find room for new thoughts. At least, that's what this Ivy League Study suggests.

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