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Who says Scousers are stupid

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MIA
Book Reviewer
53,000 Scousers meet in Anfield for a 'Scousers Are Not Stupid' convention. Steven Gerrard addresses the crowd.. 'We are all here today to prove to the world that Scousers are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer please?'


Wayne Rooney gingerly works his way through the crowd and steps up to the stage.


Gerrard asks him 'What is 15 plus 15?'


After 15 or 20 seconds Rooney says, ' Forty!'


Obviously everyone is a little disappointed. Then the Scousers start chanting 'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!'


Gerrard says, 'Well since we have a capacity crowd, world-wide press and global broadcast media here, I think we can give him another chance.'


So he asks, 'What is 5 plus 5?'


After nearly 30 seconds he eventually says, ' Twelve?'


Gerrard looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh.


Everyone is disheartened and Rooney starts crying.


But then the 53,000 Scousers begin to yell and wave their hands shouting, 'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!'


Gerrard, unsure whether he is now doing more harm than good eventually says, 'OK then, what is 2 plus 2?'


Silence hangs over the stadium.


Rooney closes his eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, 'Four?'


Pandemonium breaks out throughout the stadium as the Scouse crowd stand to a man, wave their arms, stomp their feet and scream,


'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!'
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
An interesting BBC article on the subject of stupidity
BBC Website said:
You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.

In 1999, Justin Kruger and David Dunning, from Cornell University, New York, tested whether people who lack the skills or abilities for something are also more likely to lack awareness of their lack of ability. At the start of their research paper they cite a Pittsburgh bank robber called McArthur Wheeler as an example, who was arrested in 1995 shortly after robbing two banks in broad daylight without wearing a mask or any other kind of disguise. When police showed him the security camera footage, he protested "But I wore the juice". The hapless criminal believed that if you rubbed your face with lemon juice you would be invisible to security cameras.

Kruger and Dunning were interested in testing another kind of laughing matter. They asked professional comedians to rate 30 jokes for funniness. Then, 65 undergraduates were asked to rate the jokes too, and then ranked according to how well their judgements matched those of the professionals. They were also asked how well they thought they had done compared to the average person.

As you might expect, most people thought their ability to tell what was funny was above average. The results were, however, most interesting when split according to how well participants performed. Those slightly above average in their ability to rate jokes were highly accurate in their self-assessment, while those who actually did the best tended to think they were only slightly above average. Participants who were least able to judge what was funny (at least according to the professional comics) were also least able to accurately assess their own ability.

This finding was not a quirk of trying to measure subjective sense of humour. The researchers repeated the experiment, only this time with tests of logical reasoning and grammar. These disciplines have defined answers, and in each case they found the same pattern: those people who performed the worst were also the worst in estimating their own aptitude. In all three studies, those whose performance put them in the lowest quarter massively overestimated their own abilities by rating themselves as above average.

It didn’t even help the poor performers to be given a benchmark. In a later study, the most incompetent participants still failed to realise they were bottom of the pack even when given feedback on the performance of others.

Kruger and Dunning's interpretation is that accurately assessing skill level relies on some of the same core abilities as actually performing that skill, so the least competent suffer a double deficit. Not only are they incompetent, but they lack the mental tools to judge their own incompetence.

In a key final test, Kruger and Dunning trained a group of poor performers in logical reasoning tasks. This improved participants’ self-assessments, suggesting that ability levels really did influence self-awareness.

Other research has shown that this "unskilled and unaware of it" effect holds in real-life situations, not just in abstract laboratory tests. For example, hunters who know the least about firearms also have the most inaccurate view of their firearm knowledge, and doctors with the worst patient-interviewing skills are the least likely to recognise their inadequacies.

What has become known as the Dunning-Kruger effect is an example of what psychologists call metacognition – thinking about thinking. It’s also something that should give us all pause for thought. The effect might just explain the apparently baffling self belief of some of your friends and colleagues. But before you start getting too smug, just remember one thing. As unlikely as you might think it is, you too could be walking around blissfully ignorant of your ignorance
 

Sumo

War Hero
Now I know why I get crap write ups, I know I am great my boss thinks otherwise?
There are things that you know you know
There are thing you know you do not know
And there are things you do not even know you do not now (either pure bliss or total ignorance)
 

Sharkey

Banned
Met a scouse couple on our holidays once, despite my insistance that we didnt, er indoors got chummy, the scousers invited us round when we got home and again, against my wishes we went,( I'm a Manc and er indoors doesnt understand the tribal antipathy) we are in their grot and the 'phone rings, he picks it up,listens, then says, ang on,then bangs on the wall, then he puts the phone down, turns out his outlaws live next door, and he's drilled a hole through the wall and fitted an extension in their house so they have a line each for the price of one, they may be lots of things, but stupid isnt one of them.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Met a scouse couple on our holidays once, despite my insistance that we didnt, er indoors got chummy, the scousers invited us round when we got home and again, against my wishes we went,( I'm a Manc and er indoors doesnt understand the tribal antipathy) we are in their grot and the 'phone rings, he picks it up,listens, then says, ang on,then bangs on the wall, then he puts the phone down, turns out his outlaws live next door, and he's drilled a hole through the wall and fitted an extension in their house so they have a line each for the price of one, they may be lots of things, but stupid isnt one of them.

We had a similar arrangement in our house when I was a kid, only in them thar days it was called a "party line" and was pukka arrangement with the GPO, as it was then, many houses had the legal version.
 

Sumo

War Hero
We had a similar arrangement in our house when I was a kid, only in them thar days it was called a "party line" and was pukka arrangement with the GPO, as it was then, many houses had the legal version.


:headbang:You had a phone back in the dark ages WOW
 

MG Maniac

War Hero
We had a similar arrangement in our house when I was a kid, only in them thar days it was called a "party line" and was pukka arrangement with the GPO, as it was then, many houses had the legal version.

Yeah but if I recall correctly you had your own number it was just the line that was shared ... so it you wanted to make a call you couldn't if t'other party was using the line however if someone rang you it didn't ring in both places!
 

Sumo

War Hero
Sumo..swallow me knob, MGM..you are correct :)

Had better offers in the past, I’ll hang a while something better may come up, like picking up dog shit without a bag? Weekenders Yes !
grovelling to MG what next? :lol:
 

taffscrivs

War Hero
A scouse docker was up in court charged with cruelty to a tortoise. The judge asks "Why did you kick this harmless animal?" Scouser replies "Because it was following me all week!"
 
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