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Thread: People: Dumb?

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    People: Dumb?

    Is the average human being a dolt, or something close to it?
    This does have a point to it, just bear with me. For now keep in mind I am talking about permanent conditions, not something like the political landscape.

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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Is the average human being a dolt, or something close to it?
    This does have a point to it, just bear with me. For now keep in mind I am talking about permanent conditions, not something like the political landscape.
    Depends... You'll have to expand on it a little more.
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    Re: People: Dumb?

    with the exception of mice and dolphins we are smarter than any other living things we are aware of.

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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Better question: Are they smart enough to look out for themselves? Or do they need someone to defend them from themselves?

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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Better question: Are they smart enough to look out for themselves? Or do they need someone to defend them from themselves?
    Short term yes, long term no.
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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    with the exception of mice and dolphins we are smarter than any other living things we are aware of.
    We are so far behind the mice, though, it's scary.

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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    with the exception of mice and dolphins we are smarter than any other living things we are aware of.
    I think the cats would debate that point.

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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Better question: Are they smart enough to look out for themselves? Or do they need someone to defend them from themselves?
    Even better question: If people aren't smart enough to look out for themselves, how can they be smart enough to look out for someone else?

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    Re: People: Dumb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Better question: Are they smart enough to look out for themselves? Or do they need someone to defend them from themselves?
    They are smart enough to look out and defend themselves to their own acceptable standards.
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    Re: People: Dumb?

    People are generally smart but they should never make any decisions without consulting me first. I'm good at spotting "wong."

    Sometimes great people who are fun to be around just suck at making the right decisions. I shake my head and wonder if they have lost their minds. You put the a/c vents there? You used flat paint on the house? You made that room your office? You bought that car with your bad knees?

    Oy.

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