Why are Smart People So Dumb?

14 oct. 2020
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What happens when public intellectuals turn dumb?
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Are some of your favorite famous smart people starting to sound kind of... dumb? We swear you're not alone. We'll explain why intellectual discourse has become pretty stupid in this Wisecrack Edition on The Death of the Public Intellectual.

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  • Who's the best (and worst) intellectual alive right now?

    WisecrackWisecrackIl y a 7 jours
    • @Robert Cantspell Yep -- I think they're the worst because: (1) they drink their own Kool-Aid (2) their defenders are convened they will be enshrined in history like Aristotle

      George12StringGeorge12StringIl y a 55 minutes
    • How is anyone here qualified to answer that? It's just uniformed emotional opinion. "The worst intellectual is the one who disagrees with me".

      Ben BoothBen BoothIl y a 2 heures
    • Chomsky, though hes not without his flaws ***cough**** Cambodian genocide denial ***cough***

      Mr. SickNoodleMr. SickNoodleIl y a 10 heures
    • @Kid in Bed Lol destiny

      Matthew TilleyMatthew TilleyIl y a 12 heures
    • @Keyotea Mendelbar he's a fucking liar though and misrepresents nearly every topic he brings up. his goal is to make you laugh and think you're smart when he's just feeding you buillshit to earn a paycheck.

      Veto BanditoVeto BanditoIl y a 16 heures
  • Damn, money really makes the world go round huh :(

    cengizcengizIl y a heure
  • Money and power

    Alexander RewijkAlexander RewijkIl y a heure
  • So in summary like every other problem in our society: Money.

    Danny WakelingDanny WakelingIl y a heure
  • Did anyone detect the irony in this video? Clue: Talking heads. *Don't listen to career FRworldrs, they cannot be completely honest because they have to sensationalise to get views to earn a living.* If you want to learn things, take a classic STEM subject at university like maths or physics. These subjects arm you with the tools you need for critical thinking. It's like growing up a second time, you can no longer lie to yourself once you've learned critical thinking. It makes you very uncertain, causes you to question everything including yourself. "The more you know, the more you realise you don't know". Don't listen to people who make grand statements and proclamations, listen to the people who force you to ask questions. If your not clever enough to take these subject your not an intellectual, however much you want to be. Remember though, if your young, intellect can be trained just like your body. You won't get that training from FRworld though, you are being told what to think rather than being encouraged to think for yourself. Also, most of the people in this video are not intellectuals, they are successful people. Completely different. An intellectual is someone who asks questions and seeks understanding. None of the people in this video fall into that category. Roger Penrose Steven Hawking Isaac Newton Marie Curie Charles Darwin ... These are intellectuals, not the corporate monsters presented.

    Ben BoothBen BoothIl y a 2 heures
  • Power pose? That's just how you should stand. It's called good posture.

    Asaris ManzielAsaris ManzielIl y a 3 heures
  • You truly sound like a mega-intellectual. I'm sure you will invent nothing, but your hair will be pretty in the interim. LOL!!! Fuck off.

    Social SuicideSocial SuicideIl y a 3 heures
  • There is perceived intelligence and practiced intelligence. You are what you do- time spent running pr detracts from your ability to evolve and improve your train of thought on a specific subject matter. True intellectuals would likely remain in the shadows and keep evolving while disseminating their present thought iterations to select few that can benefit from it.

    Victor MikhaltsevichVictor MikhaltsevichIl y a 7 heures
  • BTW, having more polymath ain't that bad, especially if you don´t want to get screwed by socialist regimen

    Alejandro OrendainAlejandro OrendainIl y a 7 heures
  • Nuking Mars is to terraform the planet a lot more faster that it could be done once humans are settle in Mars, but without being anti-human, is fucking amoral to even think that without having a way to keep all possible martian life secured.

    Alejandro OrendainAlejandro OrendainIl y a 7 heures
  • Wisecrack may be the only source I can trust to contemplate this subject without lodging its own head firmly up its rectum.

    Bob Newby SuperheroBob Newby SuperheroIl y a 8 heures
  • Even the smartest people get things wrong.

    Aaron LAaron LIl y a 8 heures
  • this is what happened to Yuval Noah Harari when he wrote Sapiens

    rachid lopezrachid lopezIl y a 9 heures
  • Because no matter how smart they are they're still human and we all do stupid s*** sometimes like that's life you live you learn and hopefully by tomorrow you're a little smarter f*** that's the best you can do man that's all anyone can do

    the Emperor of manthe Emperor of manIl y a 9 heures
  • So interesting

    Tim LubinTim LubinIl y a 9 heures
  • Ah yes the two political groups, liberal and conservative. I’m a fucking leftist and I’m here to say that it’s because they’re not actually smart and they’re just rich assholes.

    Heartworn FoxHeartworn FoxIl y a 11 heures
  • My news source must be able to criticize all sides. Otherwise I assume at least half truths...

    NoWayIsTheWayNoWayIsTheWayIl y a 11 heures
  • how to monetize "humble"?, is the $0 question.

    antonio perezantonio perezIl y a 12 heures
  • "There are still great intelligent creators, it hasn't all gone to shit" accompanied by contrapoints "Buuuuut" accompanied by Jordan Peterson Basically sums up life rn sadly 😔

    the ledgethe ledgeIl y a 12 heures
  • 69.420 $ is pretty funny though.

    THE FarhatTHE FarhatIl y a 13 heures
  • Public intellectuals are just another power substructure, as well as all else. If people want to hump them because they like their politics, fine but people ought to know when they're being told the truth, or being told something rational, or not.

    Darth DanksaberDarth DanksaberIl y a 13 heures
  • Wish y'all hadn't used Robert Reich as an example of an intellectual. He recently advocated for the equivalent of the Ministry of Truth and has been corrected many times over

    zombiechaddyzombiechaddyIl y a 16 heures
  • Specialization is my guess. They specialize in a single subject that they dont know about other subject. My second guess is either eco chamber's, or confirmation bias caused by the popularization of social media.

    zomdiehunter 115zomdiehunter 115Il y a 17 heures
  • Easy truth, all humans are dumb and its only through co-operation and continual learning that we got were we are. We are just some apes with over-developed brains that are both a gift and a curse.

    Dutch SpartacusDutch SpartacusIl y a 18 heures
  • I love Natalie Wynn!

    Joseph HaskettJoseph HaskettIl y a 19 heures
  • smart doesn't mean intelligent

    Browarus PierogusBrowarus PierogusIl y a 20 heures
  • It's fairly unrealistic to expect someone to be proficient in quantum theory, animation, neuroscience, electronics, mechanics, and karate while maintaining social norms. But we do. Most people min-max their builds, or they are a generalist. Sometimes people just don't understand each other. You could read read as read and I could really mean read, and now no one knows what's happening.

    reachthroughrealityreachthroughrealityIl y a 20 heures
    • No, most people don't expect public thinkers to be experts on everything. We expect to not hear them spew hot takes on their big platforms or, if they do an occasional spew, we expect them to acknowledge it and course correct. Problem is most of these people getting dragged are just doubling down when they get called out.

      Aa MmAa MmIl y a 19 heures
  • Humans are smart but not wise. And intellect without wisdom can be very destructive.

    Schismatic SciSchismatic SciIl y a 21 heure
  • Its all about the money baby!!

    r villar villaIl y a 21 heure
  • Jordan Petersson isn't dumb.. he did one mistake of picking the wrong sleeping medecine and one diet mistake.. LCHF work kind of.. its not useless if you want to loose weight..

    Andreas BengterAndreas BengterIl y a 21 heure
  • Why do people pay $5000-$10000 dollars on TED Talk tickets when you can watch it on FRworld for free?

    DeobihoeDeobihoeIl y a 21 heure
  • Steve Jobs - The Inner Tool. XD

    IblameBlameIblameBlameIl y a 22 heures
  • Who is the woman at 3:21?

    Wolfgang V.Wolfgang V.Il y a 22 heures
  • I gotta say that the rise of long-form podcasts ( like JRE, Lex Fridman, and Eric Weinstein) give me hope that people are dynamic and interesting enough to talk about controversial issues and gain a better understanding and perspective of the world through patience, observance, and hopefully well intended changes to their beliefs, when they challenge their pre -existing model of the world. We might have a news cycle that is cheap, doom and gloom, but at least there are people willing to challenge those ideas and not fall into complacency That gives me hope.

    DylanDylanIl y a 23 heures
  • We are headed towards the limits of human knowledge. All those hopes we had of creating A.I, to terraform Mars, and colonise distant planets, will never come to pass, and looking back, they will seem like simple vanity.

    jackaljade jackaljadejackaljade jackaljadeIl y a jour
  • She's cute af.

    The GodThe GodIl y a jour
  • Yoooo this take thooooooooooo

    eclektriceclektricIl y a jour
  • All I gotta say is, "Don't believe everything on the internet kids"

    Daykiller01Daykiller01Il y a jour
  • sophistry

    Nicky DNicky DIl y a jour
  • Why twitter loves Elon Musk so much? the dude is a hack

    Faster than matterFaster than matterIl y a jour
  • i think like most trends, the Thought Leader will fall out of favor. I think they have risen up because of the social, economical, and global environment we currently have created a vacuum. But like most trends it will eventually become over saturated and young people will see through the BS and move on. Thought Leaders will lead to solid Public Intellectuals. Of course until that becomes saturated, leading us into another Thought Leader phase. You know like how bell bottom jeans became "flared" jeans or how panty hose became leggings, then yoga pants, all because there are slightly different. And like bell bottoms or leggings, the Public Intellectuals will be back but they'll be called something different because they "aReN't LikE tHe oLd pUbLic iNteLLecTuAls, ThiS wOmAn/mAn 'JuSt gEt's iT'."

    june32ndjune32ndIl y a jour
  • Blah, blah, blah...

    David CarterDavid CarterIl y a jour
  • I hate looking at narrators

    HakWilliamsHakWilliamsIl y a jour
  • Whos that badass at 3:22 ?

    Tamara RamosTamara RamosIl y a jour
  • What’s with the hate on Neil degrasse Tyson? He has a point. Mans just posting on Twitter not write a paper lol why u gotta go on him like that.

    Alex ComanAlex ComanIl y a jour
  • Wow I really did not anticipate this video turning into an ad for one of my favorite public intellectuals but Im pretty alright with it.

    Ben HarbaughBen HarbaughIl y a jour
  • Heh. For a long time, I was an uncritical unthinking idiot who thought ted talks had "the most intelligent ideas in the world". Ah, shame on me.

    someone,somewhere,sometimesomeone,somewhere,sometimeIl y a jour
  • Nope, Neil is right on philosophy. Argue against it, don't be mad. Overall, I agree with most points. I frequently wonder what could be done to save debate. I think it is a question we need answered before we can have quality democracies.

    Aienbalos AienbalosAienbalos AienbalosIl y a jour
  • I just want to know what is Chomsky doing in this video

    tasfa10tasfa10Il y a jour
  • Smart people are so dumb because they are smart. The problem is they hold all this information and can't really translate it. We can eliminate world hunger, we can eliminate War, and we can also increase surveillance. We can also terraform Mars and other planets because we have the technology. The problem is they are all overthinking it, but Earth is basic and complex at the same time it teaches us the basics to create complexity.

    Tough NationTough NationIl y a jour
  • Perfect example of this, the podcast with Virgil Texas and Brie Joy Gray arguing with Noam Chomsky. It becomes painfully obvious that Chomsky is the legit public intellectual.

    MattkwishMattkwishIl y a jour
  • Ah irony, thou name is Wisecrack

    A NA NIl y a jour
    • Hey, at least they're trying.

      Aa MmAa MmIl y a 19 heures
  • The only public intellectual worth his salt these days is Professor DMT.....but the experience is very short lived , hard to get a hold of and presents more questions than answers...which is what a public intellectual is supposed to do....right?🎃

    Matthew MaguireMatthew MaguireIl y a jour
  • I dont know why we need to keep showing harris here? What has he ever done but made me watch a 2 and half hour video about an anime i have zero interest in.

    punkhippepunkhippeIl y a jour
  • "All i know is that i don't know nothing." ~ Operation Ivy, 'Knowledge'.

    RedHerronRecordsRedHerronRecordsIl y a jour
  • Lets say, hypothetically just for the sake of the argument we combined the sex workers industry with the fast food hospitality industry and lets just say theoretically my idea worked. Then by logic you could fundamentally sell a product called the big wap.

    MrAdamFCMrAdamFCIl y a jour
  • Did she just do a “public takedown” of Tyson & Musk, all while critiquing the “Public Takedown”? It seems that the “intellectual, so long as it doesn’t interfere with profit” model has always been with us. Diogenes (the speaker made negative allusions to cynicism) believed to be anything other than honest, and live accordingly, was BULLSHIT. It would be easy for me to question just how much the speaker makes from “FRworld traffic”, and how this curates her content, however it would be at the risk of hypocrisy. Within these exchanges might be the truth, and “truth, for truth’s sake” might be admirable, but the trappings of wealth & prestige loom, and we choose to what extent we adhere to any integrity. Just bullshit which occurred to me, in my quasi-Diogeneic reach.

    Daniel Ait SoriaDaniel Ait SoriaIl y a jour
  • 13:54 - very clever

    Gibbs KuguruGibbs KuguruIl y a jour
  • I'm wondering how this plays into advertising. I feel like corporations advertisements get more and more out of touch, pandering and unoriginal/repetitive. The idea industry has to be involved somehow

    Eric ReingardtEric ReingardtIl y a jour
  • Episode idea, Neil's philosophy on questioning the study of philosophy

    A 87A 87Il y a jour
  • I’m sorry the black scientist didn’t “articulate” himself well enough for you.

    Dylan B.Dylan B.Il y a jour
    • @Aa Mm ignore peoples points and twist their words? you mean like the video did?

      Dylan B.Dylan B.Il y a 7 heures
    • @Dylan B. Fine, you can ignore the point being made and completely twist her words if you want, I don't really care.

      Aa MmAa MmIl y a 14 heures
    • also it's racist to call black people "articulate"

      Dylan B.Dylan B.Il y a 15 heures
    • @Aa Mm i'll do what i like. hopefully one day black people will speak well enough for your and wisecrack's standards

      Dylan B.Dylan B.Il y a 15 heures
    • Don't do that. We know he is intelligent and articulate but he is not above an occasional deserved call out.

      Aa MmAa MmIl y a 19 heures
  • You lost me at Buckley smh

    Felipe VejaranoFelipe VejaranoIl y a jour
  • Why is a picture of someone smoking bud what you use for a thumbnail calling people dumb

    tornut24tornut24Il y a jour
  • No. Quality intellectual discourse worthy of the label has probably always been a rare and difficult phenomenon. I think it is easy to delude ourselves into thinking that it was or ever could be easy. As for the personal challenge of navigating such a churning, chaotic sea of "thought," I find it immensely powerful to know that I can "float" and rest without actually engaging any of it at all, accepting that it exists and rejecting the notion it requires any attention at all. I have become very selective in my engagement, and most of what I do engage I engage to practice the critical skills which help me reject that which isn't otherwise useful to me or others in my estimation. If I am wrong in excluding something, I can trust that it will confront me again and my error will be revealed. Tyson's bad philosophy takes have served that kind of role. Science shows scientists with brands make poor seekers of wisdom.(jk)

    Warren HWarren HIl y a jour
  • One thing is to have knowledge and another is to be smart, you can have good grades through test and homework while lacking the ability to apply the knowledge into a practical situation

    Lucas GallowayLucas GallowayIl y a jour
  • This is my favorite wisecrack video so far

    milan mirkovicmilan mirkovicIl y a jour
  • i find it funny that i got a jordan peterson ad when i clicked on this vid

    Michael SampsonMichael SampsonIl y a jour
  • Does anybody else see the insanity of spending millions of dollars on research just to get a conclusion that you already knew you were going to get?

    Nelson SmithNelson SmithIl y a jour
  • Hey so um... I can’t help but notice how eerily similar this video is to a chapter in Anand Giridharadas’ book Winners Take All. Like, the same exact quotes and examples used in that book are used in this video to make the same exact points. Maybe take a look within your own company before claiming to be the authority on plagiarism and pseudo-intellectualism.

    Bailey D.Bailey D.Il y a jour
  • So an argument against big tech? Thanks to the more moderate and conservative intellectuals that know that the French intellectuals are among the most ridiculous thinkers in all of history.

    Cesar SavanCesar SavanIl y a jour
  • Power poses and using beeps during interrogations also not looking at the suspect with the camera and not being able to see the officers expression are all factors when reviewing a body

    Robert LustRobert LustIl y a jour
  • I kind of don't understand the point of this video... I mean thought leaders are thought leaders because their ideas resonate with people. Just because I agree or are inspired by a thought leader on a particular subject, does not mean I have to follow the rest of their work, or that I can't disagree with them on other subjects. the world isn't divided into people who are right or wrong. If nothing else, being labelled an intellectual should be considered license for you to go test your ideas out there in the world.

    Eugene FooEugene FooIl y a jour
  • omg, please use less of that transition sound, from the other room i kept thinking my cat was throwing up.

    FlyingJackalFlyingJackalIl y a jour
  • Hey, I just want to say that I watch your videos all the time, and noticed you quoted one of my articles on creativity at 00:12:36 That was such a cool surprise, so thank you. Totally unexpected.

    Nick Skillicorn - Creativity and InnovationNick Skillicorn - Creativity and InnovationIl y a jour
  • Shouldn't we then ask the same of Wisecrack? Should the audience then research these claims? Just Thinking

    David CoquelleDavid CoquelleIl y a jour
  • I can remember a time when I thought TedTalks were the greatest thing; but that sorta' didn't last long after I started seeing what some of these talks were about, or the qualifications of the people giving them.

    Nelson SmithNelson SmithIl y a jour
  • "Smart" and "Academically smart" isn't the same. If Elon Musk would be as generally smart as he is scientiscally smart, he would spend some money in people that actually need it because let's be honest, Elon swims in money.

    Skinny VicSkinny VicIl y a jour
  • Not understanding basic human anatomy? I see WAP you did there

    Carl RoloffCarl RoloffIl y a jour
  • I think it was H.J. Simpson that said it best: "I am so smart. I am so smart! S.M.R.T."

    Great U.S. Treasure HuntGreat U.S. Treasure HuntIl y a jour
  • Thank God I am not smart.

    Jurchen ChanJurchen ChanIl y a jour
  • The main idea here is no matter how hard we try to disrupt the system, capitalism will still find ways to monetize it

    matheus las casasmatheus las casasIl y a jour
  • What FRworld channels like this one created by influencers who depend on views to spread their ideas? Influencers in regard to the fact that we have come here for a perspective, particularly your perspective on the matter? I noticed that it was briefly looked over in this video.

    travelertravelerIl y a jour
  • 16:26 “You’ve probably been exposed to paid for ideas...” Little tab pops up that says “This video includes a paid promotion”. Et tu Wisecrack? Lol jk get that cash!!! 🤑

    Chris McmichaelChris McmichaelIl y a jour
    • Greed is good

      CallMe EJCallMe EJIl y a 18 heures
  • im loving the chomsky cuts ;) every-time you say good intellectuals Love chomsky

    thatnickid100thatnickid100Il y a jour
  • Fuck capitalism

    Simone ReckhausSimone ReckhausIl y a jour
  • Wisecrack: Why are smart people so dumb? Me: oh boy, I can finally find at least one theory as to how I was so smart as a child but now make so many dumb decisions! Wisecrack: *actually talks about how businesses ruined the exchange of ideas* Me: .-. Still enjoyed the video, though!

    Nerd LetterNerd LetterIl y a jour
  • I don't get the dunking on NDT? He's a scientist who has opinions on philosophers and the video is presenting it as "obviously dumb" when... it's not?

    madumlaomadumlaoIl y a jour
  • I think this is the only wisecrack video I watched that I did not enjoy...youve really underpreformed here and took a complex subject with explanations that are already out there and overcomplicated it and explained it in a bad manner...in trying to explain these concepts, youve fallen into the exact traps of these concepts that you talk about, as well as attributed virtue or truth to public intelectuals who absolutly dont have these...this was borderline buzzfeed, way too one sided...

    Tomer BirnbaumTomer BirnbaumIl y a jour
  • And not one comment in either the video or comments section getting the metacommentary going? How this video is just doing the exact same thing it's calling out?

    Mark WilsonMark WilsonIl y a jour
  • To me, Elon Musk's tweets are juste trolling, and he's just proving that we should not take thought leaders seriously. I mean do you remember when he said he would name his baby X Æ A-Xii. And so many media believe it ...

    HaecriverHaecriverIl y a 2 jours
  • Nothing better than being told what to think by someone who was taught what and how to think by an institution that that is producing more and more marxists/socialists/communists. I know there was a reason I stopped with Wisecrack, despite how much fun the Bojack and Rick and Morty analysis were, they think consensus and debate is more important than facts and hard evidence. We have plenty of history and numbers to show just how we operate as a species and how we behave adhering to certain ideologies and yet they still teach Socialism and Communism as being anything other than abhorrent form of government comparable to the more barbaric systems of old, like the old native american civilizations. Even Monarchies had a bloodline they held as a vulnerability, the problem with Communism is it is not a family but a party of like minded individuals, the only people capable of getting to that position being the most cold hearted and ambitious. They aren't a snake but a Hydra

    DyneTyrrealDyneTyrrealIl y a 2 jours
  • I feel like this is the natural progression of mankind after the internet. Eventually we will become refined into some way. Which way do you think we should become refined, and which way do you think we will become refined regardless of what you hope; Regarding what we share and follow via the internet.

    Samuel RatherSamuel RatherIl y a 2 jours
  • Jared's really gonna keep this look isn't he

    Nitin NairNitin NairIl y a 2 jours
  • To Study and not Think is a waste, to Think and not Study is Dangerous.

    TheFalconerNZTheFalconerNZIl y a 2 jours
  • The parallels drawn in the first 1 minute and 20 seconds of this video called for an immediate downvote from me. Nice try

    CameronCameronIl y a 2 jours
  • How is Wisecrack different? You guys have a healthy level of cynicism, make well actually videos, employ the same thought leadership tactics, and end this very video with a monetization plug after denouncing think tanks for monetary incentives. All of this without proposing any solutions for the problem you outlined over the last 22min. Back at you fellas. How do you allow the truth to flourish in an environment that incentizes reproducibility over veracity? Theoretically, increasing the cost of erroneous information would bring about more truth, but how would you do it? I'd put together a wealthy think tank and..... 😘

    MugenjiroMugenjiroIl y a 2 jours
  • I am suppose to pay attention to my online class but this video is much more interesting.

    SharpnelSharpnelIl y a 2 jours
  • I want to know more about the rise of the thot leader

    Dr. SpatulaDr. SpatulaIl y a 2 jours
  • The coronavirus panic is dumb.

    cmstaircmstairIl y a 2 jours
  • I think people are afraid to think for themselves, so they cling to other's thoughts which resonate, and go with it, forgetting to use the greatest machine known to man, the brain... Stop, and think.

    Evalan321Evalan321Il y a 2 jours