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Old 04-27-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Do you think it has gone down over the last 100, 200, 300 years? Despite the technological advances and such? Discuss, also, talk specifically about America too, because that's the part I'm here for

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I think it probably has gone down due to the media.
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I think a persons ability to learn has remained the same, yet common sense has gone down, it's ok though, because we have google.
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I think a persons ability to learn has remained the same, yet common sense has gone down, it's ok though, because we have google.
Yes, and we can also assume the world is ours because we have this database of stored knowledge no longer within our brains too
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So this is a thread formally asking if the common person has gotten smarter or dumber?
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12:11 PM So you enter the debate with full knowledge that you know nothing of worth on the subject, and then state you will not make an effort to learn. Way to be poster-boy for blight of the forum. Leave discussions of intelligence to those that have it.

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So this is a thread formally asking if the common person has gotten smarter or dumber?
Yeah, pretty much
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Yes, and we can also assume the world is ours because we have this database of stored knowledge no longer within our brains too
We have a backup system too, you know incase the internet ever dies for good.
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The average person couldn't read write and do math that many years ago. Now you can hardly get a job without a degree .

Not to say those things make you 'intelligent', but there isn't a whole lot you can compare modern and older standards of intelligence on, since most people in the US are knowledge workers nowadays, and that didn't even exist then. The things to be intelligent about that people complain we're now coming to lack didn't even exist to be intelligent about in the times they're claiming people were good at them .
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The average person couldn't read write and do math that many years ago. Now you can hardly get a job without a degree .

Not to say those things make you 'intelligent', but there isn't a whole lot you can compare modern and older standards of intelligence on, since most people in the US are knowledge workers nowadays, and that didn't even exist then. The things to be intelligent about that people complain we're now coming to lack didn't even exist to be intelligent about in the times they're claiming people were good at them .
No, body of intelligence is decreasing at an incredible rate. When we outlaw killing in all forms, we allow stupids to procreate at an unsustainable rate. They only appear smart because they're aping the text books. Soon no man will be intelligent and life on earth will end. Do what the ancients did: feed those nimwads to the wolves. Also, each person who dies automatically raises worldwide intelligence, according to Einstein. So it must be true.
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I think it has gone both ways. In other words it hasn't actually changed.
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Is this the answer you want, to stereotype millions of people at a time, like a prejudiced person guy?

As for the Op, I finally have my answer. I have scoured the world interviewing billions of people from all walks of life,the old, the young, and that one guy who lives on 23rd street. My conclusion, all Americans are sheep, the asians are smarticle, and the Europeans are, I dunno how to measure their inferiority to the Asians.

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12:11 PM So you enter the debate with full knowledge that you know nothing of worth on the subject, and then state you will not make an effort to learn. Way to be poster-boy for blight of the forum. Leave discussions of intelligence to those that have it.

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As has been said, how you measure can determine your conclusions. But I'll say this: the rise of technology has actually undermined certain human capabilities. That's not to say that general intelligence has gone down, just that it has shifted. Humans are very adaptable, after all. Take my grandmother: she was a librarian. When she was in school, they were made to memorize all of Macbeth. Try making that happen in any place other than a thespian club or actual theater production today. You'll be disappointed. However, she couldn't use a mouse to save her life.

Things are just different, but the consequences of stupidity are worse now, because technology amplifies human capability in both positive and negative ways. The advent of the assault rifle is proof of that -- as are antibiotics.

As far as America is concerned, we have adapted to an ultra-high standard of technology compared to most of the world. Most of us would do poorly in the jungles of South America, for instance. But the natives of those places would have a hard time succeeding here as well. Different, not worse.
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Is this the answer you want, to stereotype millions of people at a time, like a prejudiced person guy?

As for the Op, I finally have my answer. I have scoured the world interviewing billions of people from all walks of life,the old, the young, and that one guy who lives on 23rd street. My conclusion, all Americans are sheep, the asians are smarticle, and the Europeans are, I dunno how to measure their inferiority to the Asians.

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Gonna put that in the OP
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