Are people getting smarter or more stupid?

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23 May 2022, 6:19 pm

I feel like people MUST be better at RESPECTING people who have views different from one's own.

There seems to be a culture of "diss" these days.



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23 May 2022, 7:43 pm

For all of human history most people have been stupid. All that's changed is that people have more access to misinformation.



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23 May 2022, 7:47 pm

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23 May 2022, 7:51 pm

This young lady demonstrates how were trending now :) !


https://youtu.be/bPLE34EemoE



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23 May 2022, 7:58 pm

The stupid people are surviving longer thanks to all of the silly and stupid safety warnings plastered all over everything these days. Its not helping the gene pool any, that's for sure.



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23 May 2022, 9:05 pm

Fnord wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
In Texas, much stupider.
Are we talking knuckle-dragging stupid or just plaids-with-stripes stupid?


A whole new dimension of stupid.


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24 May 2022, 10:11 am

Tim_Tex wrote:
Fnord wrote:
Tim_Tex wrote:
In Texas, much stupider.
Are we talking knuckle-dragging stupid or just plaids-with-stripes stupid?


A whole new dimension of stupid.


A new dimension in dementia?



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24 May 2022, 10:16 am

naturalplastic wrote:
This young lady demonstrates how were trending now :) !

https://youtu.be/bPLE34EemoE
The audio sucks, even at the original website.  Other videos sound okay, though.



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24 May 2022, 12:35 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
Radish wrote:
Look at it like this: In the 1960's the manual that came with a new car had diagrams of the engine and how to do routine maintenance on it. Nowadays the manual with new cars only tells you not to drink the battery acid.


They have to do that now because lawyers. In the US especially where people will sue for things like putting their pet in a microwave oven to dry out their fur because there wasn't a warning telling them that is an incredibly bad idea and they should never put live animals in a microwave.



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24 May 2022, 1:36 pm

How stupid did just ONE person have to be to require these warning labels?

• on "Odor Eaters" shoe inserts: "Please Do Not Eat"

• on a "vanishing ink" marker: "Not to Be Used for Signing Checks or Other Legal Documents"

• on a baby stroller: "Remove Child Before Folding"

• on a bag of peanuts: "This Product May Contain Peanuts"

• on a bar of soap: "Use Like Regular Soap"

• on a blender: "Do Not Use as a Fish Aquarium"

• on a bottle of children's cough medicine: "Use Care When Operating a Motor Vehicle or Power Tools"

• on a bottle of sleeping pills: "May Cause Drowsiness"

• on a box of brass fishing hooks: "Harmful if Swallowed"

• on a box of rat poison: "Has Been Found to Cause Cancer in Laboratory Mice"

• on a box of table salt: "High in Sodium Content"

• on a calendar: "Use of Term 'Sunday' For Reference Only. No Meteorological Warranties Expressed or Implied"

• on a can of insect spray: "This Product Not Tested on Animals"

• on a can of pepper spray: "May Irritate Eyes"

• on a carpenter’s electric drill: "Not Intended for Use As A Dental Drill"

• on a carton of eggs: "This Product May Contain Eggs"

• on a cartridge for a laser printer: "Do Not Eat Toner"

• on a chainsaw: "Do Not Hold by Chain"

• on a Chipotle truck: "Drivers Do Not Carry Burritos"

• on a dishwasher: "Do Not Allow Children to Play Inside Dishwasher"

• on a fridge: "Refrigerate After Opening"

• on a hairdryer: "Do Not Use While Sleeping"

• on a jet ski: "Never Use Lit Match or Open Flame to Check Fuel Level"

• on a letter opener: "Safety Goggles Recommended"

• on a microscope: "Objects in View Are Bigger and More Frightening Than They Appear"

• on a package of fireplace logs: "Risk of Fire"

• on a propane tank: "Contents May Burn"

• on a rain gauge: "For Outdoor Use Only"

• on a Razor scooter: "This Product Moves When Used"

• on a sunshield: "Do Not Drive with Sunshield In Place"

• on a super-hero costume: "This Product Does Not Enable Flight"

• on a takeout coffee cup: "Allow to Cool Before Placing in Lap"

• on a thermometer: "Once Used rectally, Should Not Be Used Orally"

• on a toaster: "Do Not Use in Bath Or Shower"

• on a wheelbarrow: "Not Intended for Highway Use"

• on alphabet blocks: "Not for children. Letters May Be Used to Construct Words, Phrases and Sentences That May Be Deemed Offensive"

• on an infant's bathtub: "Do Not Throw Baby Out with Bath Water"

• on an iron-on shirt pattern: "Do Not Iron Clothes on Body"

• on Apple’s website: "Do not eat iPod Shuffle"

• on gloves: "For Best Results, Do Not Leave at The Crime Scene"

• on stockings: "Not to Be Used in The Commission Of A Felony"


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24 May 2022, 1:52 pm

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on alphabet blocks: "Not for children. Letters May Be Used to Construct Words, Phrases and Sentences That May Be Deemed Offensive"


Now this one's my favourite. :lmao:


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25 May 2022, 5:10 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I feel like people MUST be better at RESPECTING people who have views different from one's own.

There seems to be a culture of "diss" these days.


I feel the same way. There are many times that I've taken breaks from various website communities because people can't seem to disagree in a civil way.


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25 May 2022, 5:16 pm

Sarahsmith wrote:
Are people getting smarter or more stupid? Or smarter in some ways but more stupid in others...


I'm pretty sure the conclusion will vary with what reference sources are used.

For instance:

Answering that question solely by referencing TikTok challenge videos will give a different conclusion than will be drawn from solely referencing model railroading and model rocketry magazines and websites where people are drafting blueprints for scratchbuilds, and programming Arduino boards, and using CAD programs and 3D printers, and ... and ...


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25 May 2022, 5:50 pm

None of the above.

It is a combination of shorter attention spans and warped priorities enhanced by social media.


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25 May 2022, 5:53 pm

The REAL question is are people good, bad, or just plain crazy?

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25 May 2022, 6:16 pm

Thanks for those Fnord. They made me laugh and I have seen the odd one or two myself!