Intelligence and Stupidity are on the same scale.

I have had a lifelong fascination with stupidity, much of it through self-reflection. Here are some early, scientific terms for levels of stupidity:

  1. moron: A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education.
  2. imbecile: A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision.
  3. idiot:    A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally being unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers.

One of the most important observations that I made early in my professional career was that the smartest people I knew were keenly aware of their own stupidity.

I am a knucklehead. How stupid are you?

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