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View Poll Results: People = stupid, yes or no?
Yup. in general people are pretty stupid. 32 94.12%
Nope, they cant be stupid or we wouldn't have got as far as we have. 2 5.88%
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Old 08-04-08, 02:05 PM   #1
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Are people generally stupid?
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Old 08-04-08, 02:06 PM   #2
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Yes.

You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid.
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I can only speak for me, but I firmly believe that I am stupid.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Affirmative. Out of every 10 Americans aged 18 to 24, how many can find Iraq on a map?
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Old 08-04-08, 02:26 PM   #5
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It's the state right next to Iran.
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Um, wait, I thought that all like The Iraqs?
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Old 08-04-08, 02:33 PM   #7
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Um, wait, I thought that all like The Iraqs?
That was the iRacks.
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Yes. My right foot (which is covered with magnesium burns) will tell you that I am quite the idiot.
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Affirmative. Out of every 10 Americans aged 18 to 24, how many can find Iraq on a map?
Lack of geographical knowledge is not stupidity, it's ignorance.

Up for debate is whether willful ignorance is stupidity. That is, I couldn't point out where Iraq is on the map, either. But then again that doesn't affect my daily life, so I'm not worried about correcting that lack of knowledge. So am I stupid for not worrying about the geography? Possibly.
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there is a saying that the only unlimited resource is stupidity.
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Lack of geographical knowledge doesn't imply stupidity.

I've done some stupid things so I must be at least a little bit stupid.

I dont blame others for things I've done wrong which suggests I realize my own mistakes which must imply I'm at least not that stupid.

Other people make a mistake (eg, leave fire on stove on, with baby sitting next to it, then wonder why baby burned himself, then blame baby for being 'stupid'). I would say the person who left the fire on with the baby next to the fire is the stupid one. This adult could say s/he had a momentary lapse in concentration. But if this 'momentary lapse' happens too often, it implies stupidity.

I guess airline pilots are generally not stupid.
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Everyone has been stupid sometime in their life
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Evidence of human stupidity:
* The Jerry Springer Show
* Every economic "bubble" that has ever been
* Every economic panic/bust there has ever been
* The popularity of "gaming" (gambling) to the point that Gambler's Anonymous exists
* Dogs/ cats that are dressed up in "people-clothes" and carried in handbags
* "Gourmet" animal food for animals that prefer the taste and smell of butt
* Bicycle lanes that randomly end part-way down a street
* "Diet cookies"
* Gastric-bypass surgery
* Banging my foot or knee on a coffee table that hasn't moved
* Sexy-girl chat lines (As if some sexy girl is hanging around, half-dressed, to answer on a Friday night.)
* Our current president
* Buying a new car or remodeling a house to "go green"
* Driving in circles around a parking lot to "get a closer spot"
* Posting messages in the middle of the night on a bicycle forum That would be me.
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I wouldn't say that all those things are stupid but more or less dumb.
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Evidence of human stupidity:
* The Jerry Springer Show
* Every economic "bubble" that has ever been
* Every economic panic/bust there has ever been
* The popularity of "gaming" (gambling) to the point that Gambler's Anonymous exists
* Dogs/ cats that are dressed up in "people-clothes" and carried in handbags
* "Gourmet" animal food for animals that prefer the taste and smell of butt
* Bicycle lanes that randomly end part-way down a street
* "Diet cookies"
* Gastric-bypass surgery
* Banging my foot or knee on a coffee table that hasn't moved
* Sexy-girl chat lines (As if some sexy girl is hanging around, half-dressed, to answer on a Friday night.)
* Our current president
* Buying a new car or remodeling a house to "go green"
* Driving in circles around a parking lot to "get a closer spot"
* Posting messages in the middle of the night on a bicycle forum That would be me.
http://snltranscripts.jt.org/04/04kexclusive.phtml

Oh, for me, lack of geographical knowledge implies lack of awareness. Lack of awareness = stupidity.
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I'm on the fence. If I point a finger, I got three fingers on my hand pointing right back at me.

However, especially due to IT background, I see a lot of stupid stuff, and have to fight being a cynic, or just bitterness in general.

Things I just consider stupid:

* GWB. First time he was elected, stuff happens. Him getting reelected. Ugh.
* The same locks still being used on houses, even though any person with Net access can make a bump key and bump them open.
* The fact that some high security locks even today are still bumpable (as described by some lockpicking sites).
* The fact that it took four years for Abloy's highest security cylinder, the Protec, to be sold in the US.
* Hoverrounds -- this is understandable for people who do have balance or walking issues, but when just too lazy to move legs? Ugh.
* Austin's "traffic calming". Yes, traffic is nasty... so the city council randomly drops roundabouts, speed bumps, and other obstacles in the way, causing even more wrecks.
* Decision by computer and OS makers in general. Life would be so much easier if RAM were divided into two parts (code/data) and addressed separately.
* People unwilling to vote at all, but will happily whine on their emo blogs about how bad things are. I personally think voting should be mandatory, but on the other hand, all that would do is just get people to flip coins at the booth, or write in candidates like Mickey Mouse.
* People parking right next to you in an empty parking lot, despite efforts of parking far away from any store.
* No real exits out of major cities other than roads. How the *expletive deleted* are you to evacuate a city when all you have are routes which are going to be gridlocked by people's vehicles? What is needed is rails, and bike paths, to increase the number of people per time unit able to get out.
* Friends so stuck on MMOs that the only way to contact them is to log onto the stupid game and send in game mail, in an effort to get their derrière off the computer and to a bar or club.
* People spending $1000 or more on gold/plat/pyreals/adena/gil.
* People not knowing anything about the Middle East, but yet talking about it like they have lived there all their lives, when they babble about how "good" this "war" in Iraq is.
* People who spend $60,000+ on a SUV, but are absolutely incapable or unwilling to take their vehicles offroad, or know the basics of using them for other than the use of a car.
* People who pay a slip fee for a sailboat they never use and who let their sailboat in the marina get so waterlogged that it sinks, pay for it to be refloated, then leave it alone and not run the bilge pumps until it sinks again, leaving the mast in Davy Jones' Locker.
* People who have absolutely zero interest in learning the basics of computer security, and will even disable any antivirus protection on machines, so their favorite pr0n sites can install stuff without dialogs popping up.
* Similar people who then blame the spyware infestation on their "techie" friend who set the machine up for them.
* Drunken, stoned, tripping, or otherwise intoxicated drivers.
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