Smugness

Why do we sometimes feel smugly superior to our fellow man??

Well, i think in my case, it is because whenever i think of how stupid the ‘average’ person can be,  i fully realise that half of the 6.6 billion people i’m being made to share this planet with (largely against my will i might add) are even STUPIDER than that! 😯

(some by a factor of 10 times –  or more!)

Thank You, George Carlin! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Smugness

  1. I often think this same thing. How can some people be so stupid?

    I especially love the people who you will see on the news who lost their house in a flood. (that part not funny)…but as they get into the interview they will say something like “I cannot believe this has happened to me again. It happened last year, three years ago and the year before that…I just don’t know what I am going to do?”
    ummmmm–Move?

    I really think there are only about 10% of us who really have a clue though.

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  2. Why do we sometimes feel smugly superior to our fellow man?

    Sometimes? 🙂

    The Darwin Awards for 2009 (given to the persons who did the gene pool the biggest service by killing themselves in the most extraordinarily stupid way)

    http://www.millionface.com/l/the-darwin-awards-2009-can-anyone-be-so-stupid/

    The winner(?):

    “An amateur rocket scientist had somehow gotten hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off, actually a solid fuel rocket) that is used to give heavy military transport planes an extra ‘push’ for taking off from short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to the car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO!”

    “The facts, as best as could be determined, are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit the JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. This was established by the scorched and melted asphalt at that location.”

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  3. David – Ahhh…errr… ummm…. Yyyeeeeeeeaasss, i believe you are quite right 😳

    Joseph -sadly, even many of us smart ones ( notice i said ‘us’ ) 😉 are not that good with probability and statistics and fail to understand the odds of it happening ‘again’ given that it has happened before.- of course then there are those who just have ‘it happens to others but i am smrater’ mentalities! 😉

    Ed – it seems Mr Rob Polanski who’s article you quote might soon be a candidate for the very awards you and he mention ( and i love!) Firstly the Jato incident did not actually happen, secondly it was doing the rounds of hoax emails as early as 1995 with an almost identical script. thirdly it was not involved at all in the 2009 awards (which aren’t over yet since 2009 isn’t) and it did not win the last Darwin either. The 2008 winner was the Brazillian priest who took off in a chair held aloft by helium-filled balloons and was last heard of over 50 miles from shore over the Atlantic ocean at an altitude of roughly 8000ft ! He was making a record attempt for charity when it seems God ‘called him home’ ( possibly for being so dumb??)

    Mr Polanski who is supposedly a journalist also qualifies as stupider than average for not checking his sources before publishing and being unable it seems to use a spell-check or not being able to spell scary correctly – although these days that could have been his editor’s fault??

    The internet is a source of information – more and more however it is a source of unreliable, untested and repeated ad nauseum and verbatim information we are fooled into believing is in some way ‘accurate’. – Sadly. 😦

    This is yet another reason i have so much doubt about mankind’s future without God’s Help! 😉

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  4. Thanks for the correction Love. I had bookmarked the Darwin Awards site, but have been unable to open it.
    Make of that what you will. 🙂 That is why I posted what sounded like a very funny article.

    You bring out a very good point about how important it is to verify sources before reporting something as “fact”.

    I think we all can agree that too many major media outlets don’t do a very good job at. At least in my case I am not charging for my mis-information. 🙂

    An article in Science Daily reports a study Daniele Fanelli, of the University of Edinburgh, on the first meta-analysis of surveys questioning scientists about their misbehaviours.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528203745.htm

    “The results SUGGEST that altering or making up data is more frequent than previously estimated and might be particularly high in medical research.”

    “On average, across the surveys, around 2% of scientists admitted they had “fabricated” (made up), “falsified” or “altered” data to “improve the outcome” at least once, and up to 34% admitted to other questionable research practices including “failing to present data that contradict one’s own previous research” and “dropping observations or data points from analyses based on a gut feeling that they were inaccurate.”

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  5. Ed – Hmmmmm… i find that article’s content VERY discouraging – not completely unexpected, but very disappointing none-the-less.

    I know we humans are fallible and imperfect and capable of doing bad things for what we see as ‘good’ reasons – but i have long believed in the integrity of True Science, of rational reason and logic that Science should only be using.

    To hear of factual discrepancies being passed off as ‘truth in respected publications i had previously believed to be more the province of the print media and more frequently TV and other ‘information’ sources, but Science i thought was almost ‘Holy’.

    (Despite my firm belief and awareness that there are indeed some scientists who say things that are either false or deliberately misrepresented and mis-perceived for reasons of funding monies or personal egotism).

    Thanks for helping me see yet more of the Truth , Ed – and for shattering my own false perceptions 🙂

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