Re: Raising kids [was Re: Freedom or death? ]
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 18:22:08 -0400 (EDT)

Robin D. Hanson <> wrote:

> >The biggest lesson I have learned while raising kids is that adults
> >consistently underestimate kid's intelligence and overestimate
> >their knowledge.
> I'd say this lesson applies to adults as well. When we're confused
> about why someone does or says something, its way too easy to
> attribute it to stupidity. Usually something much subtler is going on.

Many people simply refuse to admit that they *do* understand, claiming
stupidity is a great way to not have to think about things. This is
something I refuse to accept, I have always believed that if I do not
understand something it's because I do not have enough information on the
subject. I don't think genetic stupidity is as abundant as the masses would
have us believe. It's such a waste of much-needed brain power.