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Apr. 30th, 2012 (UTC)


"I think there are, in fact, stupid people" -- I think, by your definition, I don't disagree. Certainly genetics and environment affect people's capabilities.

But I was actually inspired by reading activist Amanda Baggs' blog (http://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com/). She's autistic and has a number of other disabilities, some cognitive. She can't speak, and she needs a lot of help for household tasks. And yet my impression from reading her was "clearly very intelligent." When she describes being unable to do something (sometimes writing is difficult) she makes it sound more like being overwhelmed by fatigue or overstimulated. And I realized: "Huh. Because she has a specific reason for why she can't do X, I don't think of it as "stupidity," I think of it as fatigue, overstimulation, etc. I only think of an incapacity as 'stupidity' if I don't know the direct cause."


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