Should we rely on our own intelligence or should we pretend we know shit when we don't by using the internet to fill in gaps of information to seem more informed than we really are?
personally, relying on ones own intellect and knowledge is more honest during discussions and especially when making assertions on a topic. this is most noticeable on platforms like twitter where most people pretend they know what's what and make entirely uninformed assertions then get aggressively defensive when they are told they are wrong or misinformed.
I'm sure we've all seen the "banana" video from our favourite religious nutter Ken-blah blah blah-Ham. he pretends to know what a banana is, he asserts shit and it's entirely obvious he's wrong, human history shows he's wrong and the development of a wild banana shows he is wrong. it's this pseudo intelligence which I'm asking about with the general public, they see something, they have an opinion and disregard any and all new information just to perpetuate their mindset instead of growing as a person.
if I am sure I know something or have the ability to reason it out, I will do so with what I think I know. if I don't know, I won't google it just to seem like I know what I'm talking about and will admit ignorance on the subject. I will not pretend to know something because further questioning will show I'm relying on information I have not retained and have just regurgitated it from some online post.
so, should we allow pseudo intelligence to go unnoticed? am I being super picky and pedantic? is it wrong for me to think humans should take a lot more responsibility with the knowledge and information they share?
I put this under philosophy and meaning simply because, to me, any argument loses meaning or philosophical use when the person spreading it is just a mouth piece without any real understanding of what they say, thus ruining the minds of those who come across it.