On Sun, Jan 06, 2002 at 12:42:09PM +0000, David Golden wrote:
> Well, it's more because people don't think of themselves as _ignorant_.
> Ignorance is not the same as stupidity, of course. It's possible to be
> intelligent but completely ignorant of a particular issue. The
> stupidity/lack of intelligence is evident if the person will not acknowledge
> that they are ignorant..
>> That's why I hate the titles of the "* for dummies" books. "Dummies" always
> suggests stupidity to me, not just ignorance - so if I'm intelligent but
> ignorant of something, the "for Dummies" title is really off-putting.
Those books are written for dummies and in a very patronising tone - "See,
you're smart enought to scratch where it itches, so of course you can do
this little thing". I've glance at a couple of those books and an
intelligent person would be well advised to spend their Euros elsewhere
where they might obtain a higher sense/cents ratio.
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