The titular image is one of my favorites. It's funny to me personally since I am, more or less, a scholar hiding behind knowledge.
Knowing something about stupidity seems to begin with understanding how difficult the term is to define.
Chris Sharp holds the dubious distinction of coining the term “retard art.”
“Einstein’s brain,” begins the eponymous chapter in Roland Barthes’ Mythologies, “is a mythical object,” embodying both mechanical perfection and quasi-gnostic illumination.
Tony Matelli I hate email interviews, but it seems like this is the only way we can do it with the schedule. Have you ever tried to read one of those things?
Fernand Braudel, The Structures of Everyday Life: The Limits of the Possible (vol. 1 of Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Century; Harper & Row, 1979/1981: Ch. 5, “The Spread of Technology”): To speak of progress against stupidity “is to speak of a history that is slow, mute and complicated; a memory that obstinately repeats known solutions, to avoid the difficulty and danger of imagining something else.
“Psychedelic” is a word like “America.” You have an idea of what it means, but this may have nothing in common with what it means to someone else.