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Originally posted by djusdjus
reply to post by AboveTopSecret.com
I think this films defines americans more so than it defines human behaviours in general.
Americans have a uniqueness about their general stupidity in a broad sweeping sense. This film helps to define it a little more clearly.
You can find stupid people in any country really, but in America, it is frighteningly common place.
I wouldn't compare Steve-O to a professional athlete. Some professional athletes possess skills that border on superhuman. The top level pros are 1 in a million.
Originally posted by AboveTopSecret.com
Featuring opinions and comments from some of today's most recognizable figures, cultural critics, authors and academics, including John Cleese, Noam Chomsky, Selma Hayek, and Bill Maher, Stupidity reveals that, despite our culture's extensive access to knowledge and information, humans continue to choose stupidity.
[edit on 3-3-2010 by SkepticOverlord]
Originally posted by Flakey
They are entertainers. Their job is not comparable to that of the rocket scientist or the garbage man. Their work is light and the intellectual qualifications moot. Their jobs are ones of personality.
I read that he flunked out of college and then attended clown college. (If the story's true)
Now dumb people aren't just ignorant; they're the victims of the non-thought of secondhand ideas. Dumb people are now well-informed about the opinions of Time magazine and CBS, The New York Times and the President; their job is to choose which pre-thought thoughts, which received opinions, they like best. The élite in this new empire of ignorance are those who know the most pre-thought thoughts.
Mass dumbness is vital to modem society. The dumb person is wonderfully flexible clay for psychological shaping by market research, government policymakers; public-opinion leaders, and any other interest group. The more pre-thought thoughts a person has memorized, the easier it is to predict what choices he or she will make. What dumb people cannot do is think for themselves or ever be alone for very long without feeling crazy. That is the whole point of national forced schooling; we aren't supposed to be able to think for ourselves because independent thinking gets in the way of "professional" think-ing, which is believed to follow rules of scientific precision.
Modern scientific stupidity masquerades as intellectual knowledge - which it is not. Real knowledge has to be earned by hard and painful thinking; it can't be generated in group discussions or group therapies but only in lonely sessions with yourself. Real knowledge is earned only by ceaseless questioning of yourself and others, and by the labor of independent verification; you can't buy it from a government agent, a social worker, a psychologist, a licensed specialist, or a schoolteacher. There isn't a public school in this country set up to allow the discovery of real knowledge - not even the best ones - although here and there individual teachers, like guerrilla fighters, sabotage the system and work toward this ideal. But since schools are set up to classify people rather than to see them as unique, even the best schoolteachers are strictly limited in the amount of questioning they can tolerate.
The trauma or inescapable terror of civilization is responsible for the derangement of reason. That inner dialogue in the human mind that is the hallmark of self-consciousness has ceased, because the depth-dimension of reflective thought, which is the primitive mind, has been silenced.
Originally posted by undo
I found this to be a disturbing film targetted at, what appears to be, American culture and people. To add a conspiratorial angle, it seems as if they are preparing the propaganda machine to dehumanize Americans. You can't kill/murder people enmasse, without the considered support of your peers. And that is not likely, until you have convinced those peers, that such a proposal is for the good of humankind. We're all pretty much aware of how that works, given things like the War on Terror, Stalin's 40 million and Hitler's death camps.