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Old 12-01-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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I think the school system in general does not encourage critical thinking, and even at the college level this can happen.

Also, many children use the Internet now to do their homework, and not the library like my generation did. And we all know how reliable some if the info is on the Internet. They also spend to much time relying on machines to provide them quick answers. And do not know how to research ideas in a wider way.

But are we becoming dumber? I am a cynic, and think that most of our advances have been made by less than 5% of the human population. Most humans have always been simpletons.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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No it makes me more intelligent and in the coming years when we merge with the technology we will even be more intelligent. At some point in the next 10-20 years we will all be as smart as Einstein hell we will actually be smarter then he was.
No.

The chip glued to your brain will become larger and "smarter" (more numerous), but your brain will become smaller and dumber because it won't be used for anything except as a conduit for the chip. When that neutron bomb is dropped and those chips are fried the world will be populated by billions of scared, stupid sub-humans. Hell, by then apes will be smarter than us if we lose the chips.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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I think the school system in general does not encourage critical thinking, and even at the college level this can happen.

Also, many children use the Internet now to do their homework, and not the library like my generation did. And we all know how reliable some if the info is on the Internet. They also spend to much time relying on machines to provide them quick answers. And do not know how to research ideas in a wider way.

But are we becoming dumber? I am a cynic, and think that most of our advances have been made by less than 5% of the human population. Most humans have always been simpletons.
Yeah, our version of copy/paste was a bit more involved. At least we had to write or type it so we had a chance of learning something.

Something I realized after getting out of school and going to work in an office was how damned stupid people really were. Depressed the hell out of me for a while. When I asked my mother about it she said, "Get used to it. It's not going to get any better."

She was right.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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No.

The chip glued to your brain will become larger and "smarter" (more numerous), but your brain will become smaller and dumber because it won't be used for anything except as a conduit for the chip. When that neutron bomb is dropped and those chips are fried the world will be populated by billions of scared, stupid sub-humans. Hell, by then apes will be smarter than us if we lose the chips.
Your thinking in today's technology. It won't be a computer chip attached to our brain but they will be the size of a hair (or smaller) and will merge with our brains. The end result will be humans that are extremely intelligent.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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nonsense, over the years my Frog-ger scores have gotten gooder and gooder
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:56 AM
 
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When a study says something dumb like this I really question the study:



It doesn't take much intelligence to make a shelter nor to kill an animal....

Washing dishes (decisions)

~ Hot or cold water
~ Teflon or steel pan(s)
~ Use Dobie pad or sponge
~ Air dry or towel dry
~ Use light pressure on glasses (crystal) or heavy (plastic dried milk)

It's not so much losing intelligence as being dumbed down by the school system....


Really? Let me drop you into the wilderness 1000 miles from civilization with no supplies or man made shelter and see how SMART you are.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Really? Let me drop you into the wilderness 1000 miles from civilization with no supplies or man made shelter and see how SMART you are.
If you were to take someone from today and put them in say 1776 we would have a rough time but we would do better then if you took the average person from 1776 and placed them in the United States today.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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We've gone from needing to be good at everything to needing to be the best at one thing. We're probably smarter than ever...but our brains are getting rid off all that it doesn't need.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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Really? Let me drop you into the wilderness 1000 miles from civilization with no supplies or man made shelter and see how SMART you are.
Curiosity program last year did exactly that (i think it was discover channel program) They took several people from different backgrounds and dropped them in wilderness with nothing but caveman weapons. Sure it was really hard and they were desperate for several days. After 7 days of hunger, they finally figured out a way to kill a deer and feed themselves. While the program showed how difficult it was to survie, survive they did. I don't think we should ever under estimate how adoptable human brain is.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Your thinking in today's technology. It won't be a computer chip attached to our brain but they will be the size of a hair (or smaller) and will merge with our brains. The end result will be humans that are extremely intelligent.
I'd like to see that.
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