... If they can't do that then, IMHO, they've got bupkis re: saying "El Ron was an Idiot, Retard with and IQ of 60-70" based upon Hisself's writings.
Your remarks are spot on, Face. The idea that hubbard was just a lucky or malevolent fool is wishful thinking. Hubbard clearly was lacking competence on topics relating to mathematics & the sciences and how they relate to other philosophical endeavors. However he showed near genius abilities at times, especially in his communicative skills. He also could demonstrate blatant idiocy at times.
I've known a few legitimate geniuses personally. That is not an uncommon pattern.
Intelligence is a quality which is not unambiguous nor easily defined. It is clear that no single indicator covers all facets, attempts such as iq to provide such a metric are simply rough indices, not categorically definitive. Hubbard was a smart guy. That doesn't equate to everything he did being smart, or even well understood by him at the time.
One of the clearest distinctions between wisdom & intelligence: wisdom acknowledges the limitations of intellectual reasoning whereas intelligence is often all too easily mislead by its own cleverness.
Mark A. Baker