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27th Jun '17 8:45:27 PM Willbyr
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12th Jun '17 9:32:23 AM rafi
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5th Jun '17 3:44:01 AM Eberfluh
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14th May '17 11:31:20 PM trixus
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* Depending on the circumstances, UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} are sometimes advised to leave mention of their membership off of their resume, lest their applications be rejected for being perceived as ''overqualified''.

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* Depending on the circumstances, UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} are sometimes advised to leave mention of their membership off of their resume, lest their applications be rejected for being perceived as ''overqualified''. This is also a regular practice for former directors since they don't want to look like they took the job as a temporary measure.
28th Apr '17 7:42:06 AM gb00393
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** The regular Crichton, however, is actually legitimately intelligent (the Farscape project was to test a physics theory he came up with, after all) and fairly nice, being one of the more moral characters in season 1. Most of his crewmates think he's a moron (at first at least) thanks to being unfamiliar with the sector of the universe and his constant pop culture references

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** The regular Crichton, however, is actually legitimately intelligent (the Farscape project was to test a physics theory he came up with, after all) and fairly nice, being one of the more moral characters in season 1. Most of his crewmates think he's a moron (at first at least) thanks to being unfamiliar with the sector of the universe and his constant pop culture referencesreferences.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Despite Hodor's lack of intelligence, he is one of the kindest characters in the show.
29th Mar '17 7:46:28 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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** This saying is actually misquoted and misunderstood. The original quote (from Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Criticism") is "[[BeamMeUpScotty A little learning is a dangerous thing]]; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring". In other words, "an idiot with a little knowledge thinks he's an expert and acts like an InsufferableGenius because of it". Basically, if you're going to learn, strive to learn everything, so you know how little you really understand, but if you only learn a little you'll assume you understand everything. It's the difference between being a KnowNothingKnowItAll and an actual expert in something.
** Entertainingly, this has actually been verified by science: statistically, people with minimal knowledge of a subject are much more confident in their opinions regarding that subject than people that actually have any real level of understanding. This is named the Dunning-Kruger effect after the scientists that verified it, though whether they 'discovered' it is an open question since many cynical people have made the observation in less-scientific contexts throughout history.
* EmmaWatson (who plays the above mentioned Hermione Granger) has openly spoken against this trope, saying "There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione's not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that's bad".

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** This saying is actually misquoted and misunderstood. The original quote (from Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Criticism") is "[[BeamMeUpScotty A little learning little]] ''[[BeamMeUpScotty learning]]'' [[BeamMeUpScotty is a dangerous thing]]; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring". In other words, "an idiot with a little knowledge thinks he's an expert and acts like an InsufferableGenius because of it". Basically, if you're going to learn, strive to learn everything, so you know how little you really understand, understand; but if you only learn a little little, you'll assume you understand everything. It's the difference between being a KnowNothingKnowItAll and an actual expert in something.
** Entertainingly, this has actually been verified by science: statistically, people with minimal knowledge of a subject are much more confident in their opinions regarding that subject than people that actually have any real level of understanding. This is named the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect Dunning-Kruger effect effect]] after the scientists that verified it, it (IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance is our own trope equivalent), though whether they 'discovered' it is an open question since many cynical people have made the observation in less-scientific contexts throughout history.
* EmmaWatson Creator/EmmaWatson (who plays the above mentioned Hermione Granger) has openly spoken against this trope, saying "There are too many stupid girls in the media. Hermione's not scared to be clever. I think sometimes really smart girls dumb themselves down a bit, and that's bad".



* Interestingly, the earliest examples of the word "nice" being used to describe someone in the English language indicate that the original meaning of the word was "naive" or "innocent", or in other words lacking knowledge. For example, saying "What a nice child" would be describing the child as ignorant and carefree. So a word used to describe someone as dumb morphed into one used to describe someone as good.

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* Interestingly, the earliest examples of the word "nice" being used to describe someone in the English language indicate that the original meaning of the word was "naive" or "innocent", or in other words words, lacking knowledge. For example, saying "What a nice child" would be describing the child as ignorant and carefree. So a word used to describe someone as dumb morphed into one used to describe someone as good.
17th Mar '17 9:05:34 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Dumb characters like [[IdiotHero Kaeloo]] and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] are much nicer than mean characters like [[SurroundedByIdiots Mr. Cat]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Dumb characters like [[IdiotHero Kaeloo]] and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] are much nicer than mean smart characters like [[SurroundedByIdiots Mr. Cat]]. [[spoiler: Somewhat {{subverted| trope}} by Stumpy as the show goes on and he becomes more antagonistic.]]
17th Mar '17 8:58:37 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': While all the male Waterson's of the family are stupid to a painful degree, they're all usually the well-intentioned heroes of the series who try to do what's right and bring justice to their neighborhood... [[AntiHero most of the time.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': While all the male Waterson's Wattersons of the family are stupid to a painful degree, they're all usually the well-intentioned heroes of the series who try to do what's right and bring justice to their neighborhood... [[AntiHero most of the time.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Dumb characters like [[IdiotHero Kaeloo]] and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] are much nicer than mean characters like [[SurroundedByIdiots Mr. Cat]].
21st Feb '17 2:35:20 PM WaterBlap
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* Some bullies try to [[AllTheOtherReindeer make]] [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation it]] [[LonersAreFreaks so]].
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