I know we’ve recently recovered from a spate of “OMG Dopers are smrter than ANY1!” threads, and this really is honestly not meant to be another of those. But…donning flame retardant clothing
A person of average IQ is a lot dumber than you probably think. You are not one. I am not one. I haven’t seen anyone on this website who is one last more than a month, in all honesty. That doesn’t mean we’re *better *than anyone, but it does mean that our impressions of what “normal” is are way skewed high, because we interact with bright people on a daily basis. If you want to check out “normal”, have a stiff drink and go to Yahoo! Answers .
Have you tried teaching? I have, although not professionally. Just last week my chemistry teacher asked me to teach the lab portion of the 121 class. My job “teaching” was to review the main concepts, go over the general procedure, and help with any procedural questions (“How do I carry this hot crucible to the balance?” Answer: “Let it cool first. Then move it with crucible tongs…no, those are for test tubes, *these *are crucible tongs…and a wire mesh supporting it underneath.”) Mind you, before the day of lab, we all have to read the directions in the lab book and rewrite them all in our own words. I said *nothing *that was not in the lab book except, “Part B takes a long time, so get it set up before you start Part A.”
One pair tried to tell me that their 2 inch high ceramic crucible and lid weighed 24.843 kilograms. They could not see the error in this figure, even after I explained it.
Another told me their crucible and lid weighed 39.232 grams empty and 6.264 grams when filled with the unidentified crystals. Again, they couldn’t understand why I knew this couldn’t be correct.
An on, and on. This ain’t, as they say, rocket surgery. This is college level chemistry. They’re all applying to the nursing program in the fall, and most of them will probably get in. Not a single person in that classroom has an IQ less than 100, I’m sure. And yet they’re total fucking morons.
If they can’t grasp why a filled crucible should weigh more than an empty crucible, why on earth would you think they’d grasp the market forces’ impact on gasoline prices?