I find this paper to be a good resource to think about this subject: https://motherjones.com/files/emotional_dog_and_rational_tail.pdf
Weakly related epiphany: Hannibal Lector is the original prototype of an intelligence-in-a-box wanting to be let out, in "The Silence of the Lambs"
"We apply fight-or-flight reflexes not only to predators, but to data itself."
This reminds me of
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle
To me, this uses "educated" in the sense it ought to be meant.
Learned helplessness, perhaps?
"Fine phrases are the last resource of those who have run out of arguments." -- Peter Singer
"If anyone is going to ask for a real-world example of someone who does not know how a light switch works, I can't provide one off the top of my head, but I'd suggest looking at this, which is even more dreadful."