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Stupidity (or lack of rationality): Environmental or Genetic?

Rocky Finkhouse
May 19, 2016
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There is evidence to suggest that stupidity is genetic. Some people are born stupid and it is impos

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Stupidity is created by one's environment. How someone is raised, or one's upbringing can somehow c

Anthony Moore
May 26, 2016
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First of all I want to say that I fundamentally disagree with the question. Stupidity, like almost everything, is a mix of both. However, I do think that environment has much more effect on stupidity, or at least what is traditionally considered stupidity.

MY belief is that intelligence works like height. We are born with a range of heights (I could never be taller than 6'4", no matter what I eat or do), but environment plays a big role as well. Eating your vegetables, exercising, these can all make someone taller, but try as you might, you will never surpass a certain, genetic height limit. I think intelligence is the same thing. Some people are born smarter than others, but things like reading, practicing critical thinking, and formal education, definitely play a major role in how smart or stupid you become.


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