What is the evolutionary reason infinite willpower would be a bad idea then?

Infinite willpower implies that you don't have to listen to what your body and your subconscious are telling you. Evolutionary speaking it's a bad idea to ignore your body telling you it's damaged and will break down soon while your mind is soaring through n-dimensional algebra.

they jump at the chance only to find that it was a bad idea. The character who gains it is too stupid to think of the consequences.

I'd just call it "stupid" :-) Alternatively you can think about it as confirmation bias: once you commit to an idea or an approach you ignore/deny/discount evidence that tells you that idea is wrong.

The downsides of not updating one's beliefs on new evidence are rather obvious.

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This is a thread where people can ask questions that they would ordinarily feel embarrassed for not knowing the answer to. The previous "stupid" questions thread went to over 800 comments in two and a half weeks, so I think it's time for a new one.