Smart People Doing Stupid Things

I was reading a post on the Foghound blog which made me think of an article I saw this morning on medical administrators using homeless people to defraud the government.  Lois points out eight things that smart people do that are stupid – impulsiveness, indulgence, and tempting fate (for example).

Why is it that seemingly intelligent people so easily and frequently seem to skirt the law to try to make money.  Do they think they are above the law?  Are they that greedy?  Do they believe (like the common criminal) that they won’t get caught?

It’s cases like this one with the homeless that cause distrust in the system.

One Response to “Smart People Doing Stupid Things”

  1. While my research into intelligence is far from complete, I can tell you this: there is no particular correlation between a person’s success and their intelligence. There is also no particular correlation between a person’s success and their moral fortitude.

    A person may well be professionally successful without being particularly bright or moral.

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