Another case for the dumbness of reading, however, is that books do not contain answers, but rather pose more questions. And asking questions makes you look dumber, not smarter. I thought Alice's Adventures in Wonderland would be a delightful romp through a child's subconscious, but while reading it I started to ask questions like "How do you really speak to other humans when our language often means the opposite of what is intended?" and "How do I really know anyone?" And so on, until I was asking the question "Why even exist at all?" That didn't make me smarter! That made me wish for death, and being dead looks way dumber than being alive.
I [do not know] when the end of science will come. ... What I do know is that our species is dumber than we normally admit to ourselves. This limit of our mental faculties, and not necessarily of science itself, ensures to me that we have only just begun to figure out the universe.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
I know there are people, if I go into a market or a city for the first time, there are people that are there that just want to see the famous person, or the guy from 'Dumb and Dumber' or whatever movie they liked. And that's fine, it gets them in the door, but then it's my job to give them something different.
When the first big paycheque with 'Dumb And Dumber' hit, I went: 'Gosh, I wonder if this will affect my performance. Will I do a take and think, was that worth $7 million?' But that never happened. If anything, it made me rebel against that thing when people who get rich start playing it safe.
I know I felt like I was ready to be an adult long before the rest of the world agreed. I'd already realized that a lot of grown-ups didn't know any more than I did, and some of them were even dumber than I was, and even the ones who were smarter weren't using their smarts for things I necessarily considered worthwhile.
The smartest groups, then, are made up of people with diverse perspectives who are able to stay independent of each other. Independence doesn't imply rationality or impartiality, though. You can be biased and irrational, but as long as you're independent, you won't make the group any dumber.
was very fun to be around. She liked movies, and her brother Frank made her tapes of this great music that she shared with us. But over the summer she had her braces taken off, and she got a little taller and prettier and grew breasts. Now, she acts a lot dumber in the hallways, especially when boys are around. And I think it's sad because Susan doesn't look as happy.
If I do manage to come up with a scheme [to naming], however, I stick to it, which is why my cats are named after gods-Loki and Athena, who are, respectively, absolutely straightforward and affectionate, and dumber than dirt. I learned my lesson. I will name my next cat 'Satan' or 'Marduk' or something, thereby ensuring a kind, gentle beast who treats my upholstery like a shrine.
When you're younger and dumber, as a guy, you do things because you think you have to, because that's how things are done. You wait the standard three days to call, you don't approach the beautiful girl at the bar because you automatically assume she's out of your league, you'd rather jump in a swimming pool filled with jellyfish than tell a woman that you have feelings for her, etc.
The modern world's tech-giddy control and facilitation makes us stupid. Awareness atrophies. Dumb gets dumber. Lists are everywhere "" the five things you need to know about so-and-so; the eight essential qualities of such-and-such; the 11 delights of somewhere or other. We demand shortcuts, as if there are shortcuts to genuine experiences. These lists are meaningless.
Programs like 'Jeopardy' and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' are ridiculous. They're the stupidest shows in history. They're making us dumber. They don't give us information, they give us facts, factoids. You don't learn who Napoleon was and how he was motivated. You learn what year he was born, and when he died. That's useless.
It turns out that indecision is a path itself; but figuratively, a vertical path - up or down - meaning it isn't always a fruitless path. One is forgotten, but the other is glorified. To be what they call 'middle-of-the-road' in most cases just means you have a hard time figuring out who between options is dumber. So quite often those who refused to decide were, after all, the bold individuals, the influential ones, the creative ones, those who snatched their own authority.
We're losing society to apathy, to digital technology, the people who care about nobody else but themselves. They share every little detail of their stupid lives online as if the world even gives a damn... digital technology is getting smarter and society is getting dumber, ' Mandy whispered in a voice filled with disbelief. 'Society is... it's slipping away.
Government schooling made people dumber, not brighter; made families weaker; ruined formal religion with its hard-sell exclusion of God; set the class structure in stone by dividing children into classes and setting them against one another; and has been midwife to an alarming concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a fraction of the national community.
John Taylor Gatto
We have nearly complete misunderstanding between people of different faiths in Lake Wobegon, and that's probably one reason why we get along so very well. It's when you are trying to convince another person to think the same way that you do that there is friction and trouble between people. But when you feel that the other person is dumber than dirt, too dumb for words - why waste your breath - you get along pretty well. There's no bond between people that's quite so strong as when people each feel slightly superior towards the other one.
I wrote myself a check for ten million dollars for acting services rendered and dated it Thanksgiving 1995. I put it in my wallet and it deteriorated. And then, just before Thanksgiving 1995, I found out I was going to make ten million dollars for Dumb & Dumber. I put that check in the casket with my father because it was our dream together.
Like most people I am smarter than some, dumber than others, skinnier than most, and fatter than a few, but none was ever more confused than I was. I flew with confusion always parallel to me, and a whole internal chase at my rear. The one matter that was not confusing to me, but seemed to escape all the others, was the fact that the only thing that was certain to become obsolete, would necessarily become wearied and worn, was the truth. I knew this in spite of the truth that I had had little truck with the truth in my life. It was not that I considered myself a resident in a den of lies, but rather that my history was shrouded and diced and soaking wet with hysteria and contradiction. Contradictions or no, my trajectory through life, though different from most, was, nonetheless, a trajectory.
Mis-information is rampant in this great age of mass-information. While we have more access to learning than ever before in the history of the world, we're actually getting dumber it seems. The amount of (mis)information at everyone's fingertips has lured us into a false sense of knowing. Whether it be information about science, politics, or theology, our society is suffering from an inability to research, process, filter, and apply. At the same time we seem entirely oblivious to the zeitgeist (spirit of the age) that is nihilistic and libertine, making everything relative and subjective. And Satan himself rushes to blur our vision, stirring up the dust of confusion. The church must respond by teaching the critical faculties of logic and spiritual discernment, embedded in a cohesive framework of fides quaerens intellectum (faith seeking understanding). We must obtain a reasonable faith that is consistent with historic Christianity and relevant for our post-modern age. Otherwise, those rejecting the blatant errors of religious fundamentalism will be susceptible to every wind of false doctrine and repackaged heresy imaginable. They will leave the orthodox faith and accept something that vaguely resembles Christianity, but in reality is a vile concoction of demonic lies.
David D. Flowers
A MILLION HERE, A MILLION THERE YEAH YOU GOT A MIL BUT FOR REAL DOG, NOBODY CARES IF YOU DON'T SHARE, DON'T DONATE TO CHARITY CHILDREN WHO CAN BARELY EAT, NO SHOES ON THEIR FEET WE DON'T SEE, WE DON'T READ, WE DON'T REALLY NEED TO SELF-CENTERED HUMANS BE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL IN THIS INDUSTRY, WE JUST FEED OUR EGOS GOT A SEVEN SERIES AND A BRAND NEW PEACOAT WITH THAT 'OH, OH, LOOK AT ME YO. HEARD THAT ASHO MILLI, HE AIN'T TALKING ABOUT ME THOUGH' YES I AM, YO YOU CALL YOURSELF A MAN BUT IT AIN'T ABOUT THE MONEY, IT'S ABOUT WHAT YOU STAND FOR THIS IS FOR MY PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD PAMPERS WAKE UP IN THE MORNING GOT MY CLOTHES OUT THE HAMPER MONEY AIN'T THE ANSWER, STILL AIN'T CURED CANCER I AIN'T GOT A MILL BUT I'M A PRETTY GOOD DANCER MY ADVANCE LASTED ME ABOUT A WEEK AFTER TAXES, MY BILLS AND A BIG SACK OF WEED I AM BACK TO WHERE I BEGAN, CHILLING WATCHING CNN THINKING DAMN, WE ARE DAMNED, NOT AGAIN HOW IS GEORGE BUSH NOT IN JAIL FOR TREASON BUT CLINTON GETS IMPEACHED FOR BUSTING SEMEN A MILLION DEAD, A MILLION SCARED A MILLION BARS SO YOU REALIZE YOU TOOK IT TO FAR WITH YOUR CARS AND YOUR GUNS, HA, HARDY HAR HAR TILL I'M DEAD AND I'M GONE I'M A PARTY TOO HARD LIFE'S SHORT HAVE A BALL, MATTER FACT HAVE TWO YO,THE GOVERNMENT DON'T CARE, HERE'S A BIG FUCK YOU CUZ GAS IS FOUR BUCKS BUT THEY STILL DRIVE TRUCKS DUMB & DUMBER IN YOUR HUMMER, YO I BET THAT SUCKS SPEND A MILLI AT THE PUMP, IN THE CITY YOU DON'T NEED THAT BUY A FUCKING BIKE MAYBE YOU WOULDN'T BE FAT HA, YO HOMIE WHERE THE WEED AT YEAH I NEED TO RELAX, MOTHERFUCKER I'M CHILL