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  • n  the quality of being mentally slow and limited

  • France died first of the deafness, blindness, dumbness and frivolity which are the proud hallmarks of the skeptical civilized mind.
  • Vince doesn't read scripts even for the movie he just made but he seems savvy enough to know the utility of his dumbness.
  • We have descended into the utter depths of dumbness.
News & Articles

  • 'Dumbs Ways to Die' Ends With Record 5 Grand Prix, Adding Film and Integrated
    CANNES, France—In the end, the dumbness was record breaking. Visitors to the Cannes Lions festival here speculated all week about just how many Grand Prix the "Dumb Ways to Die" train-safety campaign from McCann Melbourne would pick up. Tonight, it added a Film Grand Prix and an Integrated Grand Prix, bringing its grand total to five. (It had already won in Direct, PR and Radio.) That ...
    June 22, 2013 - AdWeek
  • 4 Dumb Experiments
    An elephant on acid? A rat who can’t understand Japanese backwards? A scientist is meant to be inquisitive and investigative. But there are some experiments that toe the border between common sense and sheer dumbness.
    June 20, 2013 - Fox News
Quotes

  • Erik Trinkaus in TIME
    The original idea of Neanderthal dumbness,says Erik Trinkaus, a paleoanthropologist at Washington University (in St. Louis, Mo.), "emerged around the turn of the last century."
  • Susan Jacoby in U.S. News & World Report
    In America today, author Susan Jacoby sees a cultural landscape that is, in her words, "defining dumbness downward."
  • David Foster Wallace in Boston Globe (registration)
    It may well be, Wallace writes, "that those who receive and act out the gift of athletic genius must, perforce, be blind and dumb about it-and not because blindness and dumbness are the price of the gift, but because they are its essence."

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