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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    The question was if we are getting dumber, and not if we increase our knowledge.
    Knowledge cannot decrease unless you erase it from the many existing databases, so obviously it'll only increase.
    I don't think we are getting dumber.


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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    People aren't getting dumber, but our society tolerates, even embraces stupidity.

    The reasons for this are many. The one that disturbs me most, is that a stupid population is more easily controlled, and therefore more desirable on some quarters.
    Last edited by Oftencold; 07-17-09 at 04:26 PM.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    People aren't getting dumber, but our society tolerates, even embraces stupidity.

    The reasons for this are many. The one that dist rubs me most, is that a stupid population is more easily controlled, and therefore more desirable on some quarters.
    That is exactly the answer I was looking for.
    Society seems to give more voice for dumb people.
    Free speech is fine but dumb speech shouldn't be tolerated.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    That is exactly the answer I was looking for.
    Society seems to give more voice for dumb people.
    Free speech is fine but dumb speech shouldn't be tolerated.
    It has to be tolerated, but -- and this is where we are manipulated, in need not be listened to.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    The question was if we are getting dumber, and not if we increase our knowledge.
    Knowledge cannot decrease unless you erase it from the many existing databases, so obviously it'll only increase.
    Surely as knowledge increases our starting point shifts that much further ahead?

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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Society seems to give more voice for dumb people.
    Yes, it does seem that way. Or perhaps it is Society which is inherently dumb?
    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Free speech is fine but dumb speech shouldn't be tolerated.
    On a personal level, sure.
    Education.

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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by gunner View Post
    Surely as knowledge increases our starting point shifts that much further ahead?

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    Not really.

    A child may be exposed to more as they grow up with the increasing knowledge levels, but they still start from the same point when they are born.

    Unless it is possible to teach them while in the womb...Who knows? But still, they start somewhere in there.
    Education.

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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    How does one define "dumber?"
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    No I don't think we are getting dumber. Dumb is allowed and some celebrate that fact.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Is intelligence increasing? I think so, but this begs the question:

    Are we losing or ignoring wisdom in the process?

    Voted no.


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