Who Are the Dumbest People in the World?
By Naseem Javed Founder, ABC Namebank International | May 04, 2010
Interest in surveys that purport to identify averages and norms is so great that the myths this type of research spawns are sometimes floated as sophisticated branding and marketing strategies.
Cures are invented, fads are nurtured, styles are crushed and dogmas are erected as though mandated by some newly discovered "truth." Sometimes psychological warfare is involved.
For example, when high-priced researchers ask, "Are Americans dumb?" 95 percent of Canadians say "Yes." If they ask, "Are Canadians dumb?" then 95 percent also say "Yes."
However, when they ask, "Who are the smartest people in the world?" then the answer is "Americans."
The moral of this story is that these surveys are products of the art of deception -- even though the lies may be deeply buried. Their results are totally dependent on how the questions are formed and on anticipated response structuring.
The sensible conclusion is that the dumbest people in the world are the ones who rely on such "research" and hinge their business decisions on manufactured responses. Corporate America lives on a daily diet of such feedback and avoids visiting a washroom more than three times a day, as the national-average surveys indicate once a day is the norm. Ex-Lax, anyone?
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