..The only somewhat interesting tidbit in this discussion/flamewar, in my opinion, is tencigars's stated disillusionment upon figuring out that having a high GPA/LSAT does not imply that one is an interesting/admirable person. So we could discuss that, if anybody wants to.
..You (tencigars) have a high GPA and LSAT too ... So, when you reflect on that fact, do you think that your high GPA and LSAT have much to do with the things about you that you think make you interesting and/or admirable? You don't have to be nice or humble or tactful to have a high GPA. You don't have to have interesting ideas or life experiences to score well on the LSAT. I don't know ... I just hadn't really considered the idea that there would be a correlation.
The seeming lack of such a correlation in law students was on my mind before I read Alci's post, and I'd welcome a discussion of it.
..Can you think of anything to argue on the side of there being a positive correlation?
Perhaps something along the lines of many evils being unreasonable, e.g., racism, sexism, etc.?
Racism is certainly unreasonable. The basis, a belief in the gross inferiority of another race, is fallaciously arrived at, as are racists' reasons for the treatment of members of other races, even if one assumed, arguendo, the accuracy of the first premise.
Religious persecution..also very similarly unreasonable. Come on! Launching a crusade to kill men, women, and children..in the name of Christ? A guy who historically taught against such actions.
So some great evils are based on and facilitated by very poor reasoning.
Here's a new thought..
Consider the effectiveness of cognitive therapy, which studies now show is at least as effective for depression and several other disorders as medication. Cognitive therapy is basically the application of reason to a person's neurosis or psychosis. E.g., helping him achieve a more healthy, balanced perspective on the subject(s) of their fears or sadness.
And cognitive therapy, which is relatively new, has been around for hundreds perhaps thousands of years in Asian cultures in other forms. E.g., the Dalai Lama in his book The Art of Happiness says that most emotional problems (unhappiness) are, under Buddhist philosophy, due to "wrong-thinking."
Again, it would seem that poor reasoning, or the absence of application of reasoning, contributes to "evils."
And the evils that individuals suffer from are passed on and inflicted on others. Studies have shown that those who cause pain and suffering to others, etc., often have profound psychological problems themselves.
Example: Stalin was miserable. He suffered from extreme paranoia that led him to murder those around him, even friends and relatives (forgetting the other 40 million deaths attributed to him).
Example: A university study showed that people who were happy, coming out of a movie theater after seeing a comedy, etc., were much more likely to help others, stangers on the street who asked for assistance, than those who were unhappy.