Table 1

Willis's Degrees of Stupidity11

(1)“Some being wholly unfit for Learning, and the liberal Sciences are apt enough to mechanical arts.”
(2)“Others, tho incapable of both these, yet readily comprehend Agriculture and Country Affairs.”
(3)“Others incapable in a manner of all business, can be taught only those things that regard eating and drinking, and the common way of living.”
(4)“Others being mere Dolts, scarce understand any thing at all, or do any thing with Knowledge.”