RG07.1 trouble with smart people

Smart people are wrong more often than regular people. And a mathematician in the 1700s proved what’s come to be known as the “Jury Theorem”: a group of people collectively will always be smarter than the smartest person in the group. The trouble with smart people is that they overlook an important third answer to every yes/no question — namely, “I don’t know.” People who are quick to offer answers are by definition then slow to ask questions, which turns out to be the larger problem. If smart people (you’ll notice I’ve not defined “smart” — just ask them; they know who they are) used their prowess to ask great questions, everyone would benefit.