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Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Not Fair: Smart People Need To Check Their "Cognitive Privilege"

There’s a new kind of “privilege” in town, and if you suffer from it, you can’t help it any more than you can help your skin color or your gender. (Although, of late, gender seems to be completely open to debate and have nothing to do with biology.) If you are an intelligent person, you have “cognitive privilege” according to an op-ed in the Daily Iowan.

Well, that’s just really not fair, is it?

With all the “privileges” out there that need to be kept in check, may God help you if you are white, male, attractive, and smart. You are public enemy #1 to the social justice set, you privileged scumbag.

I’ll let the author, Dan Williams, explain cognitive privilege because I couldn’t possibly do it justice in a summary:

We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. This is not to say that intelligence is the only factor that is important. All that is implied is that below a certain threshold of intelligence, there are fewer and fewer opportunities. These opportunities are being shifted upward to jobs that require heavier cognitive lifting or else are being replaced by robots. Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart. (source)



Anonymous said...

You can't fix stupid

lmclain said...

Sure, you can be proud of being smart. Evolution has selected you for continued advantages.
But it goes further -- you can be more proud of what you have achieved with that intelligence. Which can be said of anyone with a particular strait, be it height, strength, speed, etc., not just intelligence.
Is the author so stupid as to suggest we all just dumb ourselves down and lay around waiting for a check in order to make the stupid among us feel better about themselves??
What about the people who ARE doing rather well based mostly on their physical skills??? Do THEY start running slower and jumping lower so I can feel better about myself? Or is the author confining his social engineering philosophy to only smart white people?
He's stupid AND a racist.
Probably cheats on his boyfriend, too.

Anonymous said...

Just another tool in the mans box to get rid of you if he doesn't like you. Stupid can't be fixed but if you are the boss you can get rid of people who threaten you with being 2 steps ahead of you mentally.

Anonymous said...

actually having to live in this society with so many underachievers and mental midgets it is more of a curse then a blessing!

Anonymous said...

Without people like this, welfare would be broke, and Soros would have his NWO.

Steve said...

So, if President Trump were to have "checked" his "cognitive privilege", we should have a Forrest Gump for our POTUS for our own good.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like socialism and communism where all peoples are the same ... poor, uneducated and starving for the basics of life!