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John Cleese on Stupidity

I think the problem with people like
this is that they are so stupid that they have no idea how stupid they are
You see, if you’re very very stupid How can you possibly realize that you’re
very very stupid? You’d have to be relatively intelligent to realize how stupid you are There’s a wonderful bit of research by a
guy called David Dunning at Cornell who is a friend of mine, I’m proud to say,
who’s pointed out that in order to know how good you are at something requires
exactly the same skills as it does to be good at that thing in the first place
which means – this is terribly funny – that if you’re absolutely no good at
something at all, then you lack exactly the skills that you need to know that
you’re absolutely no good at it and this explains not just Hollywood but almost
the entirety of Fox News

100 thoughts on “John Cleese on Stupidity

  1. the problem is everybody has an inferiority complex and therefore hate stupid people being insulted, they instantly think they are being referred to and start making flattering comments about John, who is not a silly person, but loves dressing in women's clothes and complaining about parrots. but not stupid.

  2. There it is, the Dunning-Kruger-effect… and it happened that Mr. Dunning is also a friend of John Cleese. 🙂 Speaks volumes.

  3. He's really talking about avid viewers of Fox News. They are too stupid to see that they are being duped by some relatively clever newscasters.

  4. Yuck Yuck Yuck. Not Right or Left and didn't vote for Trump. But gotta say John, it also explains you and your stubborn refusal to see that stupidity has nothing to do with intelligence. It has to do with judgment. And you show bad judgment by constantly putting down people who disagree with you. Bad manners too.

  5. There are few more stupid than John Cleese who seems to better be at nothing than marrying women who take him to the cleaners.

  6. So, Cleese is stupid (or biased) for picking out only Fox, not PMSNBC and CNN who are at least as bad, plus most of the print media.

    And the entire fucking comment thread are Dunning-Kruger examples by retards who think they're educated and clever.

  7. wrong comparision. you could understand why the joke is bad and you don't need to be comedian to understand that, so….

  8. There's a saying where I live: The wise knows nothing, the average knows something, the idiot knows everything

  9. As previously stated, he must feel really stupid being cleesed (sorry, 'fleeced' ) by his ex-wife (his third?), as part of their divorce settlement (circa 2009). If I remember correctly, isn't he a card-carrying member of 'MENSA"? But remember, Wanda, 'don't call him 'stupid''

  10. My favourite Bertrand Russell quote, in fact probably favourite quote in general: "The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is that the stupid are cocksure, while the intelligent are full of doubt."

  11. this explains not only Hollywood and the entirety of Fox News, it explains just about everything.

  12. it is why the trailer park, ghetto & barrio crowd will never figure out that the cleese crowd wanna keep them there

  13. This is a very truthful insight which I'll send to most of the people I believe to be idiots – let's see if they work out what I'm trying to say…

    But why isn't there the trademark farting noise as the foot comes down in the end??

  14. yall möviest cashiers stüpit ör wad ? itz köllned ´n.vv.ö´h ! ! !
    höw was kubrick önly after möney ^ ^
    he mite have dün better at id ^ ^

  15. 70$ and early 80$ hw are füll öf qualiltti. (möhr ör less ^^) even 90s. well stuff inö. itz the gröwing stupefecajün thats wörrync ^ ^
    why would waters claim mühfies för 8 year ölds ^^

  16. Stupidity is the modern “black plague,” largely dispensed by Gliberal schools and universities, and mostly spread by lame-stream media. It is a virulent disease for which there is apparently no universal cure.

  17. Of course – there are exceptions to this – and sometimes, there may be sanity checks (if one has the will to use them).

    I, for instance, am not good at running. The fact that I'm no good at that doesn't prevent me from realizing that I'm no good at that.

    Oh – but you say – that's because running has a lot of a physical element. Apparently, I must have at least a good bit of the theory of running down with which to know how much I suck at running – and just lack the physical ability to execute it.

    Well true – and there are some mental tasks for which no sanity check exists. But that's not universal. For example – let's say you write computer programs. If your programs constantly crash and cause the system to go belly-up – that can indicate to you that your programming sucks without necessarily revealing to you why it sucks.

    I think it's more that overconfidence begets idiocy rather than the other way around. There often (even if not always) are ways to conduct sanity checks to see if you really are skilled – but overconfident people are less likely to use those sanity checks, and are less likely to believe those sanity checks if the results thereupon obtained are less-than-flattering.

  18. I am reminded of something Edgar Bergen said about his dummy Mortimer Snerd. He once said that "Mortimer IS stupid, but he has an advantage over the rest of us: he KNOWS he's stupid."

    Which has nothing to do with either Fox News OR the God they insist on worshiping….

  19. I think it bothers John Cleese that his much loved comedy persona is more slapstick than witty intellectual. So, he feels the need to browbeat us with his I-went-to Cambridge intelligence.

  20. Well, the problem with people like you Mr. Cleese is that you don't know how many left-wing journalists and commentators work for Sky News and Murdock's 'evil' empire. Unlike the BBC, they have to survive to in the real world. Come back to us when the BBC can do the same.

  21. I wasted an hour last night trying to explain to someone that "just because we're 'made up of atoms' doesn't mean 'atoms create life'." I finally gave up when I realized that he is literally a textbook example of the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" in action.

    (In other words, he simply isn't intelligent enough to comprehend how monumentally stupid he is!)

  22. I met an engineer one time and he said im not sure about this of that. I thaught he was being extra carefull and therefore intelegent. but one who had dunning Kurger that he was Stipid… sad

  23. This answers the perennial question: Why do they call them morons when you can expect so much less? Shouldn't they be called "less-ons?"

  24. The think is The Dunning-Kruger Effect is evident in most people to some extent. It's not an illness or disorder. Secondly it applies to competency primary,not intellect. You could conceivably be a genius and still believe you are competent to do something for which you are not. Thirdly,the main thrust of Dunning-Kruger is the inability to judge the competency of others. The incompent tend to underestimate the competency of others,the competent tend to overestimate the competency of others. School's out!

  25. There really is no other way to become a smarter person than
    1) listen to other opinions
    2) question yourself
    3) repeat

  26. Actually, FOX News is smart enough to cater to an audience that most other networks are ignoring and even mocking. I doubt Cleese could realise the irony in not being able to see that as he speaks of stupidity.

  27. Since the advent of social media, we are much more regularly exposed to a much wider range of IQs than we generally are IRL, where we tend to gravitate towards, socialize with and befriend people within a much narrower range of IQs around our own. Unfortunately, there tends to be a general reverse correlation between people's IQ and their amount of social media use. Therefore, the average IQ on social media tends to skew lower and we are much more often exposed to stupid people online, than IRL.

  28. The Mandella effect strikes again. Am I the only person who recalls when every single instance of this video on Youtube ( yes, every single one I can find ) didn't have annoying music playing in the background ? I have previously watched this sketch loads of times without the music being there.

  29. So, he has been to the US a lot of times. And he just names "Fox News". Ladies and Gentleman, that is courtesy!

  30. Why am i not surprised that he's friends with david dunning, of the Dunning Kruger effect.
    Typical of those famous actor types to hang out with scientists.
    He should be hanging out with Justin Beiber, he might learn something.

  31. Hey, Johnny boy, what do you think about TRUMP?

     Just joking, I don't give a rats ass… you're an ACTOR, not a politician.

  32. Hahaa Cleese is both correct and literally does the exact thing he speaks of.
    Only a massively stupid person would mention 'fox news' yet not mention the other b.s. media on tv. Just hilarious

  33. In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive
    bias in which people mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as
    greater than it is. It is related to the cognitive bias of illusory
    superiority and comes from the inability of people to recognize their
    lack of ability. Wiki

  34. This is why most people think they have above average driving ability. Most of us are bad drivers because humans didn't evolve to control a metal box on wheels at high speed while successfully keeping out of the way of other lunatics in metal boxes.

  35. "In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which people mistakenly assess their cognitive ability as greater than it is. It is related to the cognitive bias of illusory superiority and comes from the inability of people to recognize their lack of ability."

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