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Journal of Anthropological and Archaeological Sciences

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Coping: Self-Deception in Action Volume 1 - Issue 3

James F Welles*

  • P O Box 17, East Marion, New York, USA

Received: January 07, 2020   Published: January 21, 2020

Corresponding author: James F Welles, P O Box 17, East Marion, New York, USA


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When people interact with their environment, their behavior is directed by a schematic cognitive program. A particular act can be construed as “Intelligent” or “Stupid” depending upon the perceived degree of success achieved, but while these labels indicate opposite evaluations, they do not indicate different cerebral programs. Nor should stupidity be viewed as a disruption of an “Intelligence mechanism”. There is a coping (or responding) mechanism in action, and it can be construed as stupid and/or intelligent depending upon the circumstances and the judges. This coping mechanism is multidimensional, but we shall focus on three arbitrary/subjective facets important to understanding stupidity-information processing, (mal)adaptation and relevance [1]. When considering the ways by which the human mind processes information, it is imperative to remember that the normal cognitive state is that of self-deception. Our self-deceptive nature tends to make us stupid and, more to the point of our analysis here, certainly complicates the relationship of knowledge to stupidity. If people simply do not have relevant information available to them in a perceivable form, they are agnostic.

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