NEW STUDY PROVES IT  11:05 am February 29, 2012

Dumb People Not Clever Enough To Choose Smart Candidates

by Wonkette Jr.

Why do dumb people always vote for terrible candidates? It’s because they’re dumb! This is according to new scientific studies, according to some website:

The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, “very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,” Dunning told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Well, this explains why Republicans won’t vote for the “idea man” in their primary, Professor Smart Fellow Newt Gingrich. Just kidding, Gingrich is an idiot, too. [Life's Little Mysteries]

 

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nounverb911 February 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

Maybe they should have gone to college.

chicken_thief February 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

But then they would be gawd hating snobs, rite?!

SorosBot February 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

Libral eleetist!

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

You spell gud.

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:43 am

Me not nid cowledge! Me get job, get richier quicklier!

Biff February 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

You make me want to vomit.

Barb February 29, 2012 at 11:09 am

Yes and the GOP wants these people to have as many dumb white babies as we can crank out, watering down the population even more.

FNMA February 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

Brawndo has what plants crave!

weej_bain February 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

And Bondo + primer for Camaro knaves.

Barb February 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Yeah, their cars do seem to be held together with primer and compressed rust, eh?

GOPCrusher February 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Let's stop at Starbucks.
We don't have time for a handjob, Joe.

FNMA February 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

Is this guy the Dunning of Dunning-Kruger Effect fame? If so, can we appeal to him to re-name it Sarah Palin Disease? Like Lou Gehrig Disease.

ManchuCandidate February 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

Yes, it is and no they won't. "Sarah Palin" disease is already named after Narcissus.

RadioCualquier February 29, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Or hookworm infestation.

chascates February 29, 2012 at 11:13 am

Darwin FTW.

ChernobylSoup February 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

Yeah, but then we went and invented helmets.

weej_bain February 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

Eggzactly. Needz moar Darwin Award winners.

neiltheblaze February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

They settle it by deciding which politician they want to have a beer with – or in Romney's case, a fine Merlot.

widestanceromance February 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

Mittens is a WD-40 man–never mix, never worry.

proudgrampa February 29, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Actually, I heard a Salt Lake City TV reporter say that the Romney campaign broke out the Martinelli's last night.

Not my kind of people.

Geminisunmars February 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Elitists! Now Nehi, that's my kind of celebratory beverage.

ShaveTheWhales February 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Rmoney prefers Nephi.

GOPCrusher February 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Didn't Radar O'Reilly always drink grape Nephi?

paris biltong February 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

So in other words, forget about democracy, it sucks. Thought so.

CommieLibunatic February 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

When I say I welcome our future robot overlords, I'm only half kidding.

occams8ball February 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I have a rather compelling argument framing in detail how completely wrong you are, but i doubt you would even try to understand it.

edgydrifter February 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

Only an idiot can convincingly sound smart to another idiot. Genuinely smart people sound insane to most Americans.

BaldarTFlagass February 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

Or, worse yet, boring.

ManchuCandidate February 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

Hey, I resemble that remark.

slowhansolo February 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

Better to be dumb than indoctrinated.

ElPinche February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

AYMEN BROHTHER

PuckStopsHere February 29, 2012 at 11:18 am

As George Carlin said: "Think about how dumb the average person is. Now consider the fact that half the people are dumber than that…"

BerkeleyBear February 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

So one has to ask – do we just file this away under "that's why our so-called leaders suck!" or can we use it some way? By, say, instructing really competent folks on how to better pander to the moronic majority?

nounverb911 February 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

“Gingrich Is The Stupid Man's Idea Of What A Smart Person Sounds Like.”
–Paul Krugman

chicken_thief February 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

Geesh. I can see both sides of the aisle claiming this as proof positive.

MiniMencken February 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

That professor Dunning, what a snob!

ChernobylSoup February 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

Fancy pants professor has a fancy pants way of saying READ A BOOK.

memzilla February 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

"They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments."

Great! I can now mentally replace every Rethuglican cheering section for every Rethuglican candidate with the aural image of hundreds of white people chanting in unison:

"WE LACK THE MENTAL TOOLS! WE LACK THE MENTAL TOOLS!"

It's shamefully satisfying …. and magically delicious!

ManchuCandidate February 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

Isn't it more like "We are mental tools"?

SorosBot February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I think that is the real meaning of "keep government out of Medicare!"

Steverino247 February 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

"Good government demands the intelligent interest of every citizen."

hagajim February 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

"mental tools" – I think we 'Merikans resemble that remark.

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

Trepanning is making a big comeback!

freakishlywrong February 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

Uh..Duh…

Mumbletypeg February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

These facts are already obvious to us those who are competent enough to process it, Doctor Dunning. Life's-Little-Mystery-Solving FAIL.

MissTaken February 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

And sadly, God protects babies and fools.

SorosBot February 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

But there are a few Darwin Award winners who have escaped that protection – like those dumbass teens who got themselves eaten by a tiger at the zoo, or the man who was killed by a perforated colon after he got a horse to fuck him.

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

No one said that God doesn't have a sense of humour.

OzoneTom February 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Only the people who believe in God lack that.

ifthethunderdontgetya February 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

On top of that…

Also, our corporate media tells them lies. For greater corporate profits, on top of that.

P.S. The table is tilted. The game is rigged.
~

Callyson February 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them
Great, now the news media has an excuse to bombard us with even more sensationalism at the expense of actual news coverage. If it bleeds it leads!

ElPinche February 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

Republican Utopia consists of the following:
* No education, just home schooled bible-based mythology. Scaring children in thinking that an almighty space ghost is watching them all the time keeps those shirtless rickety future dairy queen employees in check.

* The American workforce is entirely blue collar. All "hard , fancy" technical jobs are overseas. Our little overweight bundles of joy will strive to be sales manager at Lowes or fry supervisor at AppleBees.

* Jesus all day, every day.

* All movies to look like "Acts of Valor" , no artsy fartsy or urban movies like Tyler Perry.

* Whites only management. We like black people, but only if they keep their place. These dumb shits pretty much pick their politicians like they pick their Lowes supervisors. I've worked a hardware store where folks quit because the new supervisor was a chimichanga lovin mexican.

* Make diabetes the new National pastime.

ManchuCandidate February 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

Arizona!

RadioCualquier February 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

* No taxes
* Mandatory military service– except the Aristocratic Exception.
* Liberals will be sent to Re-education "Camps"
*Wonkette???? — Gone.

Biff February 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

You're a credit to your race, whatever race that may be.

ElPinche February 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

chimichangan

Biff February 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Thought so.
Make me a sandwich tamalé.

HistoriCat February 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

When's he going to mow my lawn?

Mumbletypeg February 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

"Life is what happens while people are busy being dumb." — Paul McLennon
"Life is 10% inspiration, 90% dumb nation." — Yogi Edison
"The only thing to fear is dumb people itself." — Einstein CHurchill
"I does not know, I does not know." — Granpa Cain, back-in-the-day

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

"A sucker is born" — P T Cukor

DemmeFatale February 29, 2012 at 11:59 am

"Washington is like Hollywood for dumb people."–Studs Rodgers

Sharkey February 29, 2012 at 10:50 pm

"60% perspiration, 35% respiration, and 5% deodorant." -Majik Stonejon

SorosBot February 29, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hey, the important thing is that most dumb Americans are still able to make fully rational, informed decisions when voting for who should win American Idol and Dancing With the "Stars".

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

Math is hard! Let's go shopping!

It's not just for Barbie anymore.

Blueb4sunrise February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

This comment is dumb.

OneYieldRegular February 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

I don't understand this study.

Oh dear.

SenileAgitation February 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

Typical elitist snobbish college liberal bullshit. Vaginal ultrasound abortion requirement is a GREAT idea that many who haven't had their conservative beliefs ruined by too much education can see plain as day! It's a pity the self-satisfied so-called smart set can't put down their fondue forks long enough to realize that wisdom isn't something you earn, but something precious you lose when you turn from righteousness to the study carell.

Redhead February 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

In other news, sky is blue, water is wet, and teatards are fat racist fucks.

Chillwillard February 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

Captain Obvious, PhD.

BaldarTFlagass February 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

Little did Mike Judge know that "Idiocracy" was going to end up being a documentary.

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

Your move, Mr. Peabody.

ManchuCandidate February 29, 2012 at 11:53 am

The GOP, the party of dumb… as proven by Science.*

*not really, but pretty damn close.

widestanceromance February 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I learn so much here. Just yesterday I learned that the rich are black holes of wealth, now I know about the party of KnowNot.

DaRooster February 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

So Idiocracy is real… awesome!

GOPCrusher February 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Ow! My Balls!

proudgrampa February 29, 2012 at 12:13 pm

One of my Poli Sci profs always said that the best form of government was a benevolent dictatorship.

actor212 February 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I've often offered my services as philosopher-king until this nation can sort itself out. oddly, Congress has never asked.

Geminisunmars February 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Why don't they welcome their Wonkete overlords??

prommie February 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Its not what they don't know that makes them dangerous, its what they think they know, that just ain't so.

Some dude said that one time.

Nostrildamus February 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Interestingly, the Dunning Kruger effect is largely an American phenomenon. Europeans show little effect and East asian show to opposite effect. My guess is the general American sense of entitlement couples with stupidity to cause the effect.

GOPCrusher February 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Doesn't help when you have people like Sarah Palin encouraging others to be proud of the fact that they are dumber than a bag of hammers.

Biff February 29, 2012 at 2:03 pm

But when a hammer is wielded by a man that can spit nails out pointy end first, well, then you really have something.

FlownOver February 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Academic plagiarism! Ninety-seven years ago Conan Doyle said "Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."

More recently, the other extreme was summarized by no less an academic light than F. Gump (BA, Alabama 1962): "Stupid is as stupid does, sir."

So why is Cornell paying this Dunning guy? Good indoctrinator, I guess.

donner_froh February 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Yeah but Dunning proved it by wiring up some undergrads and shocking them if they acted smart.

donner_froh February 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

It isn't so bad that they are stupid–what is really annoying is that they are so damned proud of their stupidity.

WiscDad February 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Since I've said that for ohhh…thirty years and some asshole from Cornell finally wrote it down, I want some of the beer money he got to run the study. But I can at least take satisfaction in the fact someone has documented the actual reason for the (relative) success of the Republican Party.

Dashboard Buddha February 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

In related news, the poors shouldn't get to vote…
http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/29/

Biff February 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Or eat. It's in the bible, somewhere. You can look it up!

SorosBot February 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

And the cretin wants to make getting food with food stamps as humiliating as possible. Fuck him.

Dashboard Buddha February 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

It's the voting thing that gets me…do these people even read the fucking constitution? Sorry…I just answered my own question.

GOPCrusher February 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Well, to be fair, the poor are only like that because they choose to live that lifestyle.

HelmutNewton February 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm

"And, in other news, the Sun rose in the east. And Rick Santorum said something stupid."

Biff February 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

In what world is Davy Jones dead, yet santorum walks among us? I do not wish to dwell in such a world.

Mumbletypeg February 29, 2012 at 3:34 pm

"At any time/ Or anywhere
Just look over your shoulder / Guess who won't be standing there!"

Doktor Zoom February 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm

"Do we believe in the smart and elite in this country to manage us?"

Rick Santorum, Michigan Primary not-quite-concession speech

Hell no! I hate those guys!

Deportably_Jose February 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Not gonna lie, as a person, who knows things about history, that confused the shit out of me, how he jumped between talking about a nation run by the smart and elite, and one of Freedom! As Our Founders Intended.

Because, yeah, there's no thread of elitism innate in our nation's founding, what with the Electoral Collage, Senate, Representative Democracy rather than Direct Democracy, lifetime Head Judiciary, reasonably strong Executive (at least relative to the Articles of Confederation)… Nothing about that connotes the idea that our elected and appointed representatives are expected to be among our smartest citizens, making laws with judiciousness and wisdom, or anything. Remotely.

And that's certainly not corroborated in the things the founders wrote about Representative Democracy or the value of education, either.

elburritodeluxe February 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As an example… Donald Trump thinks that thing on his head is hair.

elburritodeluxe February 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm

We should turn Democracy over to our robotic overlords. Like Mitt Romney!

pinkocommi February 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm

This study explains everything that is wrong. That is all.

Biel_ze_Bubba February 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Murdoch has known this for decades … it's what makes Fucks Gnus possible.

It's what makes confederacies of dunces like the Oklahoma legislature possible.
And now we have Sanctorum telling us we need even more godbothering homeskooled idiots? (Hey Rick — you know what makes me want to throw up? You.)

Biff February 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Stupid really should hurt.

MinAgain February 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Why do dumb people always vote for terrible candidates? It’s because they’re dumb! This is according to new scientific studies.

I hope they didn't get any tax money for that study.

IceCreamEmpress February 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

The Republican party has tons of mental tools. Every one of them is mental, or a tool, or both.

Sharkey February 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Are they really saying that people inherently unable to judge the competence of other people are somehow lacking in judgement? GAAHHH!

ttommyunger February 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Wow, dumb people make dumb choices. Who knew? On the other hand, writing about the wetness of water and the warmth of fire is fucking brilliant. I give up.

BZ1 March 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

David Dunning, what a snob …

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