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  • NegBox 4:12 pm on December 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Intelligence   

    How to Become Stupid 

    This is an anecdote that shaped my beliefs and views on intelligence – as a little follow-up to my last post on “Drive” by Daniel Pink.

    I’ve only shared this story with close family members, as it stereotypes and isn’t very scientific. That didn’t matter for my young mind – Young minds don’t care about science as they’re trying to make sense of the world.

    [Fade to sepia]

    As I was attending elementary school (not in the US and not in Asia) I happened to have quite a few schoolmates of Asian descent. As a young kid, I could tell these kids were just as sharp as me, and sometimes even smarter, more patient, methodical, etc. We did have dumb kids, and even kids with true learning problems – this is not a story about kids with real problems.

    Among my Asian friends I noticed two distinct behaviors – Some would behave just normal, like me. Others would play the “language” card and pretend they didn’t understand things because of the difference in language – they had figured out they could get away with less school work and less demands from the teachers if they played like they were dumb… And they did, they kept playing dumb from the point I have clear school memories (about second grade) to the point they graduated from school six or seven years later.

    The teachers saw a dumb kid, with learning problems and a language barrier, struggle through school for several years and make it out.

    I saw a normal kid who played dumb since second grade – and by the time they were in seventh grade they had BECOME dumb. They were no longer faking it – you could tell the little spark of focused attention had been put out. It was like they became a little autistic as part of their act, and they became their act.

    My little mind understood something about intelligence in very straightforward terms:

    • If you play dumb, you will get away with doing less, and you will become dumb.
    • If you do what you’re supposed to do, you will get smarter in the same time that slackers become dumber.

    [Fade to color]

    Play dumb, be dumb. Play smart, get smart.

    • Mike Chiasson 12:58 am on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that seriously sounds familiar. I agree that just as knowledge can be learned, so can stupidity.

      • Slave Rat 8:05 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Did you see this “become stupid” with family members or other folks too?

    • barman 8:09 pm on December 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. those nipples are awful
      2. how am i not in your blog roll and dupre is

    • Slave Rat 1:23 pm on December 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1 -Those nipples, covered in whipped cream, are delicious. 2 – Of course you *are* on the blogroll. Justin is where the Squeaky Rats are too. .. Check again, I’ve just added a section on the sidebar titled “Mondo Blogs” for the squeaky AND jealous.

  • NegBox 7:12 pm on June 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexa, Intelligence, WTF   

    WTF Alexa? 

    How does this wind up on Alexa?? Check this picture below. Its the content of an affiliate manager’s e-mail to an affiliate, smack in the middle of the Alexa page for that domain, on the “related search queries”… What.. The.. Fuck..?

    Click to Enlarge - WTF Alexa

  • NegBox 6:40 am on March 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bit.ly, Intelligence   

    Bit.ly Spying 

    Love it when folks use bit.ly to shorten affiliate URLs, all I have to do is add a plus sign at the end of the URL to peek at their stats… Number of clicks, countries, referrers, etc.

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