The Intelligence Trap by Edward de Bono – On Being Wrong or Being Right
In my opinion, much of the content I’ve placed in this post below is applicable to religious topics.
I’ve seen both Christians (liberals and conservatives) as well as atheists who are guilty of what these authors discuss.
Some of my long-held views about politics and religion changed a few years ago once I began asking myself if perhaps I was mistaken about things.
I took the time out to read the views of my intellectual adversaries more closely, and with an open mind – as opposed to reading their material in a defensive mindset, looking for errors or thinking of ways I could argue against their views if I had to debate any of them.
This does not mean I uncritically accepted each and every thing they wrote or said, however.
One result of all this is that I am now more “okay” with being wrong, or with thinking “there’s a possibility I am wrong about thus and so a topic.”
I’m now okay with not having certainty about everything, too.
Back when I was a full-on, conservative Christian (note: I’ve not completely left the faith at this stage), I had a need or desire to be certain about faith, about who God is, how God operates, why do bad things happen in life, and so on and so forth.
So another result from my re-evaulation of just about everything I believed is that some of my opinions shifted.
I’m not as right wing as I once was – I’m more moderate – and I’ve come to the conclusion that both the “liberal” and “conservative” interpretations of the Bible are incorrect on some points.
I’ve learned it’s okay to be wrong about things, it’s okay to make mistakes about things.
I above all believe that some of what I copy below from various web sites about De Bono’s work, and from other sites discussing the work of other authors, is applicable to Christian Gender Complementarians.
Many complementarians refuse, absolutely refuse, to question if perhaps their perspective of the Bible and of women is in error.
I believe this may partly be due to sexism (though complementarians will never, ever admit to being sexist), to cultural norms (that is, complementarian reading of the Bible is being influenced by cultural norms about women), and from reading the Bible in a certain, limited manner (that some may refer to as “biblicism.”)
Complementarians could benefit from reading Pete Enns blog and the book The Blue Parakeet, or this blog post from Diary of an Autodidact.
Here are links about De Bono’s work, or related:
Can you be too intelligent? by Julian Baggini
Our brains are incredible but you can be too smart for your own good. History often warns against what reason alone commends
The Intelligence Trap – from Quick Think site, author – Frank Connolly
According to Edward de Bono, we all run the risk of falling into the “intelligence trap.” It is assumed that intelligence goes hand in hand with thinking.
Too often however, intelligent people are in danger of becoming poor thinkers.
They are in effect, trapped by their own intelligence. That is, they use their intelligence to entrench themselves in support of one point of view, and because they are genuinely intelligent they can mount some very convincing arguments for their position.
… Resistance to change and new ideas by intelligent people, is one of the main reasons change management and improvement initiatives don’t always get traction.