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The Dynamics Of Incomprehension

One of the reasons why I left Norway in 2014 with the intention of never going back was that an increasing number of young people were unable or unwilling to understand my slightly accented Norwegian, which I had been speaking for thirty years but did not learn young enough for perfection. Contrary to what one […]

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 17:38 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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What Do We Mean By “Stupidity”?

Time, said St. Augustine, is something we understand as long as we do not think about it, and contrariwise. Much the same can be said about the concept of “stupidity”. How many of us get through a single day without calling somebody an idiot or any of the innumerable synonyms? And yet it is by […]

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 12:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Deryck Guyler And His Betters

In his account of his travels through North Wales, Bill Bryson describes how the daily narrow-gauge line to Portmadog left Blaenau Ffestiniog a few minutes before the allegedly corresponding daily bus from Llandudno was scheduled to arrive, and how the operators could by no means be induced to see why it might be a good […]

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 10:02 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Van Der Merwe Syndrome

Some European societies are becoming increasingly stratified by race. In Norway, where I am currently writing, the best predictor of menial jobs in general is foreign ethnicity, while the best predictor of being an office cleaner is being of foreign birth and preferably dark skin colour. If not in absolute numbers, at least relative to […]

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 12:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Artificial Stupidity

A film reviewer notes that “even retards learn to mimic head movements of conversation, but ask them something specific and they go blank.” I am no great authority on what this writer so uncharitably calls “retards”, but it strikes me that the comment should have a far wider application. That is, much human conversation can […]

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 21:48 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Big Hairy Hunter And His Little Brother

Now Esau was a rough man’s man, an alpha male perhaps, who brought home, in a manner of speaking, the bacon. His delicate brother Jacob was a mommy’s boy. Esau was straightforward to the point of stupidity, Jacob was a tricksy bastard. But whose was the posterity? Jacob is the patriarch of the Jews, Esau […]

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 08:31 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Stupidity And Goodness

It cannot be easy to be a stupid person, reminded of one’s disability at every turn. Fortunately there is a way for such an individual to justify himself in his own eyes and in those of the world: by encouraging the identification of intelligence with wickedness and stupidity with goodness. This works because we naturally […]

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On Stupidity And Politicians

Looking at our politicians, one may be forgiven for wondering whether there is an inverse correlation between power and intelligence. That must, however, be quite unfair as long as politicians have to compete for the votes of the likes of thee and me. Where this is so, the stupid ones would appear to be ourselves. […]

Posted on June 17, 2017 at 17:39 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Extending Demophiles

In his quasi-medieval dialogue “On Religion”, Arthur Schopenhauer had the character Demophiles point out the immense difference “between your man who is learned, versed in the art of thinking, and enlightened, and the dull, clumsy, sluggish, and indolent consciousness of humanity’s beasts of burden. Their thoughts have once for all taken the direction of concern […]

Posted on August 11, 2017 at 18:38 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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