Are people getting smarter or more stupid?

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25 May 2022, 6:32 pm

Our son (early 30s) is more intelligent than either my wife or I.


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30 May 2022, 2:45 pm

STORY: Are Humans Getting Smarter or Dumber?
https://www.livescience.com/37095-human ... umber.html



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30 May 2022, 2:45 pm

Why not both?


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30 May 2022, 3:39 pm

Empirically I would say that humanity overall is becoming more intelligent. Education has become much better and far reaching. The Internet has made education and knowledge easily accessible. I would say the modern average human knows more than any average human before in history.

It seems that the virus of superstition has attached itself to the same channels that knowledge is being spread. And there are pockets of reactionaries opposed to education that seem very shrill in contrast to the progress being made.

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


It might just be, that we are witnessing the emergence of a new form of language that is much more effective that what we have right now. Effectiveness often brings about a reduction of complexity and a low-entry level.

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


A delightful list. Thank you for the effort of putting it together.



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30 May 2022, 5:49 pm

The NOFX song, The Idiots Are Taking Over, is exactly how I feel :arrow:


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05 Jun 2022, 4:47 pm

I guess everything can be blamed on social media, where about 90% of it is really antisocial media. And by antisocial I don't mean asocial as in not craving social interaction, I mean antisocial as in arrogant, cruel, no empathy, and no regard for right or wrong.



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05 Jun 2022, 9:55 pm

In a way, the antisocial media (good term there), just revealed what I knew, and what many of us do: many humans on the inside, are ugly and it manifests when they can reveal it to others without that social inhibition of face to face. Unless you so happen to be Autistic or something, then it manifests to you in the form of bullying and so on. Even those that say they hold virtue on such, show ugliness for the "other". Ugliness is still ugliness. (No saint here, but I don't intend to harm others and wish the best for everyone, as there's too much pain in this world already.)

Intelligence will be similar, it's just that the mask was pulled back for a lot of humanity so to speak.



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08 Jun 2022, 7:51 pm

Fnord wrote:
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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Once again, lawyers, especially in the US. Why risk getting your butt sued off because one person did something worthy of the Darwin Awards? There was one lady in the US who actually sued the weather reporter because he said it would be sunny but when she went out it rained, she got soaked, and then she got influenza. In spite of that fact that colds and flu are caused by viruses and not from getting cold and wet, like any doctor would tell you, she won the case. Cringe.



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08 Jun 2022, 8:43 pm

It's impossible to protect people from their own idiocracy. I think we should give idiots the freedom to do whatever extremely dangerous retarded sh!t they chose to do if they are not harming anyone else & let them deal with their fallout themselves. Maybe then people would stop de-evolving because they are getting themselves killed off instead of reproducing like rabbits, the way evolution is intended to work.


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