Why do intelligent people believe they don't have silly ideas/views?

Some of the most brilliant minds have had some terrible ideas. Newton spent more of his career on alchemy than he did on anything else. Einstein proposed his steady state hypothesis which he admitted was his biggest blunder, as well he argued against quantum physics. Heck my best friend who just finished his PHD... show more Some of the most brilliant minds have had some terrible ideas. Newton spent more of his career on alchemy than he did on anything else. Einstein proposed his steady state hypothesis which he admitted was his biggest blunder, as well he argued against quantum physics. Heck my best friend who just finished his PHD believes that aliens planted us on earth as a social experiment.

Being exceptionally intelligent does not preclude bad ideas.
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