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  1. #1 Because someone is stupid. Does it mean they're wrong? 
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    Stupidity is the quality or condition of lacking intelligence, as opposed to being merely ignorant or uneducated. This quality can be attributed to both an individual or a person's actions, words or beliefs, or those of a group.

    This is quoted from Wikipedia and is Wikipedia's definition of stupidity.

    So in effect, one being stupid posseses knowledge of something, but lacking in that knowledge, not neccesarily not wanting to learn about it. So by that definiton one can be called stupid. But if one recognises the flaw and wishes to improve knowledge then aren't they contributing, or rather will contribute to science in the future? So this as opposed to ignorant and uneducated means that if one is willing to learn to make the 'un stupid' what of those who are ignorant? If ignorant how can one contribute to science? How can that ignorance allow the recognition of something-if that was so it would contradict the origin of the whole point of their ignorance. So which is more likely to slow down science (or even stop it), ignorance or lack of intelligence?


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    How can a stupid person commit a stupid act?


    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    stupid people are either purposefully wrong or accidentally right.
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    The difference between stupid and ignorant is that a stupid person knows better, but does it anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (Q)
    The difference between stupid and ignorant is that a stupid person knows better, but does it anyways.
    This is what I was alluding to earlier. In order to commit a stupid act you first must realize that it is a stupid act to begin with. A stupid act should in no way reflect a person's lack of intelligence. The naturally stupid, through no fault of their own, will always be stupid. So I guess what I'm saying is that in order to commit a stupid act you must first possess some intelligence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos
    Quote Originally Posted by (Q)
    The difference between stupid and ignorant is that a stupid person knows better, but does it anyways.
    This is what I was alluding to earlier. In order to commit a stupid act you first must realize that it is a stupid act to begin with. A stupid act should in no way reflect a person's lack of intelligence. The naturally stupid, through no fault of their own, will always be stupid. So I guess what I'm saying is that in order to commit a stupid act you must first possess some intelligence.
    The VERY intelligent can easily be stupid. If they already know something is stupid, yet do it anyways.

    It's not a matter of intelligence, but a matter of knowing or not knowing - stupid vs. ignorant. Simple really.
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