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Are Humans Getting Smarter or Dumber?
06-06-2013, 04:54 PM #1
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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Is humanity getting smarteror dumber with time? The answer may be both.

While IQ scores are rising at a remarkable rate, humans' underlying genetic potential for smarts could be on the decline, a new study suggests. The research found that by one measure of intelligence, the Victorians had modern folk beat.

The findings aren't without controversy — particularly whether or not the measurements used really reveal intelligence. Still, the study highlights the trouble with measuring intelligence over time: Smarts aren't defined as just one thing. What makes a person clever on the African Savannah could be nearly useless in the financial centers of Hong Kong.

"It's not simply that intelligence is going down or going up," said Michael Woodley, a psychologist at Umea University in Sweden who led the new research. "Different parts of intelligence could be changing in lots of different ways." [Life's Extremes: Smart vs. Dumb]

more - http://www.livescience.com/37095-humans-...umber.html
06-06-2013, 05:07 PM #2
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Evolving (devolution?) from spears to atom bombs in a few thousand years shows us all too clearly how our so called progress and technology is continuously dehumanizing us while tearing us apart as we're greed driven closer and closer to the bottomless abyss of human extinction...
06-06-2013, 05:14 PM #3
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(06-06-2013, 05:07 PM)Beyond Smolensk Wrote:  Evolving (devolution?) from spears to atom bombs in a few thousand years shows us all too clearly how our so called progress and technology is continuously dehumanizing us while tearing us apart as we're greed driven closer and closer to the bottomless abyss of human extinction...


Still think we are just getting dumb by the day


So fitting
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06-06-2013, 05:15 PM #4
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About 50 years ago education and creativity were on the same level, now all they teach is conformity.
Conformity is rewarded and thinking outside the parameters is discouraged. It's a systematic effort to dumb people down.
No child left with a mind has been the agenda since Bush, you know; the guy Alabama blames all his problems on? Yet continues all those same policies in the war on civil libert...er... terrywrists. 15.gif How people don't see through this shat I will never know.

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06-06-2013, 05:30 PM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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06-06-2013, 05:56 PM #6
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(06-06-2013, 05:15 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  About 50 years ago education and creativity were on the same level, now all they teach is conformity.
Conformity is rewarded and thinking outside the parameters is discouraged. It's a systematic effort to dumb people down.
No child left with a mind has been the agenda since Bush, you know; the guy Alabama blames all his problems on? Yet continues all those same policies in the war on civil libert...er... terrywrists. 15.gif How people don't see through this shat I will never know.


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I think you hit on the main issue. Independent thinking is discouraged. Maybe to prepare people for the corporate workplace. Where you will be "part of the team" - all success shared by the group; all failures yours. I've read great things about the Finnish education system - that they truly try to foster independent thinking and creativity.

People are smart today. But with what? Programming a computer? Being a Metaworker? Can they name the species of trees in the neighborhood? Probably not. So much ignorance is due to information overload and being caught up in the rat race. I would like to spend more time learning about my environment instead of going to corporate meetings on "sustainability."

Socrates said "Knowledge is Virtue." Knowing the right thing to do is more important than only knowing an answer. Certainly not determined by an IQ test. If Socrates criteria was used, human knowledge is declining.

lmao.gif AT those courses Shadow.



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