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Lacking Smarts

Check out the title of this article and have a LOL with (or at) BD00: “People Aren’t Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say“.

The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas.

D’oh! Too stupid to judge. That’s BD00 in a nutshell when he attempts to unfairly scald the guild of management and its continued, often subtle, application of Tayloristic techniques in the 21st century.

…democracies rarely or never elect the best leaders. Their advantage over dictatorships or other forms of government is merely that they effectively prevent lower-than-average candidates from becoming leaders.

If that’s “merely” true for democracies, then un-democracies must merely suck. How well do you think undemocratic boards of directors do in choosing executives and how well undemocratic executives do in anointing subordinate managers and how well undemocratic managers do in hiring DICsters and how well DICs do in….? Oops, I almost forgot that DICs aren’t allowed to choose or anoint.

Of course, this research on incompetence doesn’t apply to the elites who run institutions because boards of directors, executives, and managers are infallibly competent in their profession.

Ya gotta love this Wikipedia definition of anointment:

To anoint is to pour or smear with perfumed oil, milk, water, melted butter or other substances, a process employed ritually by many religions. People and things are anointed to symbolize the introduction of a sacramental or divine influence, a holy emanation, spirit, power or God.

At my anointment, I want to be smeared with… peanut butter and melted Godiva chocolate. How about you? What’s your substance of choice – assuming you have a choice?

  1. meandering-out-of-control-fish
    March 26, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Bombay Sapphire

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