My life experience suggests to me that many people are intellectually lazy rather than stupid per se. They don't bother to think much about stuff and don't bother much to learn things that they feel are not relevent to them. Sometimes people like that will surprise you with some specialist knowledge or understanding about something that really interests them (like say ice hockey or pigeon racing).
So my benchmark for stupid is "self harming through lazy willful ignorance". (Quite a lot it turns out, I agree several deciles...)
We give £350m a week to the EU. Let's give it to Dido Harding instead.
I know that Wembley Stadium is a football arena as well as a concert venue in London but have no idea specifically where or what it looks like.
I doubt if I could name any members of the England team nor the manager. Same applies to my local team - not even sure which division they are in.
The only things I know about current football are that at the top level the players are staggeringly overpaid and that based upon the comments from, and interviews with, players that Iíve heard ( admittedly a small sample) there appears to be an inversely proportional relationship between the ability to kick a bladder of air around with any degree of control and intelligence*
* or at least the ability to construct and deliver a coherent sentence.
Years ago I apparently stunned a multinational supplier account manager when I declined the offer of all expenses paid tickets and trip for the football World Cup in South Africa for me and Mrs John63
Him- got this great deal for you as thanks for all the business. World Cup tickets and all accommodation for a weeks trip
Me- thanks for the offer but no thanks
Him - stunned silence, then, but but but itís the World Cup
Me - football ?
Him - yes
Me - sorry, no interest at all in football.
The conversation went on a little longer in the same vein as he just could not believe that I was serious in my disinterest.
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I replied " I have parts in world motorsport championship winning vehicles, and my name isn`t on them; why would I sponsor a club that always loses?".
I also gave the same reply to the clubs commercial manager when they tried tapping me up.
Marketing locally appears to be beer and football.
Overpaid lawn fairies, the lot of them.
"...are we human, or are we diver?"
I absolutely hate programmes like QI and people that love to say "did you know that...". We seem obsessed with having brains that are just buckets of facts. As soon as I see "pub quiz" I find somewhere else to go.
I don't think I've ever watched a football match in my life. I could not tell you a current player or manager's name. It's a sport I really don't get the appeal of. So you just kick it? That's it? It's like boxing, it doesn't make sense. So you're in a fight with your opponent and you're not going to use everything you have available?Notdeadyet and I share an ignorance for soccer that is perhaps unusual in men of the UK
But I also don't have the mindset for team sports. I can make myself like rugby because I respect the effort that goes into it and the risk involved which I struggle to see in football. But it's still rare that I'd actually watch a game. Even the sports I do I don't really enjoy watching. I can't watch a 2hr film in one sitting without getting bored, I'm sure as hell not going to be able to watch millionaires kick a ball round a field.
At least it isn't dressage. I don't think I've ever sat through an event that made me consider suicide as a viable alternative to waiting for the end like that did. It really is the most boring sport on the planet.
Caliph Hamish Aw-Michty Ay-Ya-Bastard, Spiritual leader of Scottish State in England
Notdeadyet. What have you got against gay horses?
If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.
A certain amount of knowledge is still essential even when you have the internet to look things up. 7 or 8 years ago at my grandson's school I attended one of their STEM lectures. Every year they had a different keynote speaker, well-known names like Lord Robert Winston.
One year it was Dame Professor Susan Greenfield who at the time was president of the Royal Society. Her lecture covered neurological development and the impact of technology. Her researchers had been measuring things like attention span and brain development. They had found that with so much focus on screen-based communication, kids were losing the ability to read expressions and other non-verbal cues. MRI scans has also shown that deveopment of the pre-frontal cortex in teenagers was less than in previous generations. The very short attention span was attributed to the focus on computer games which provide instant feedback. Lacking this, many kids found it difficult to maintain concentration.
As to knowledge, she raised the issue that if you didn't know what you were looking for, it was very difficult to know if you had the right answer when searching the internet. She used the example of the word 'honour' and brought up 15 different meanings.
A very thought provoking- and disturbing lecture.