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Old 12-10-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I agree with others that it really depends on how one defines "intelligence". Or in this case, what are we measuring with regards to the question? Certainly as a species, we know more about just about everything than our ancestors did. But we also had the luxury of time to actually learn and apply the knowledge. Does that make us more intelligent?

Also, if we do have more brain capacity - but aren't using it...does it still make us less intelligent? I think this is where some of the arguments are coming from. If I'm so used to using a calculator - am I less intelligent now if it takes me longer to do things in my head? But surely if my calculator broke...in time I would be able to do thing in my head again - no?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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The irony (if you believe the study) is that we have the ability now to, more so than any other time in history, to be, very very intelligent due to the availability of information.

However I don't see how this study was even legitimized...It sounds like whoever did the study is equating intelligence with creativity and the synthesis of information. Which is fine, I guess, but after our hunter and gatherer and agrarian roots, we've become specialists and have branched off into different interests. It's not like we've all purposefully denied ourselves knowledge, it's just pertaining to our current lifestyles. (as the counterpoint to the article suggests)

Again it sounds like the study favored opportunity. We made great strides as a species early on, because there were great strides to be made. One could argue that a good chunk of that was the actual exploration of the earth and our eventual expansion.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:54 AM
 
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The irony (if you believe the study) is that we have the ability now to, more so than any other time in history, to be, very very intelligent due to the availability of information.

However I don't see how this study was even legitimized...It sounds like whoever did the study is equating intelligence with creativity and the synthesis of information. Which is fine, I guess, but after our hunter and gatherer and agrarian roots, we've become specialists and have branched off into different interests. It's not like we've all purposefully denied ourselves knowledge, it's just pertaining to our current lifestyles. (as the counterpoint to the article suggests)

Again it sounds like the study favored opportunity. We made great strides as a species early on, because there were great strides to be made. One could argue that a good chunk of that was the actual exploration of the earth and our eventual expansion.
Do you think creativity can out-do intelligence?

Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: southern california
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well the prisons are bulging. so there is a correlation isnt there?
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Do you think creativity can out-do intelligence?

Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Correct. Imagination has taken the place of knowledge. Most imagine that now with computerization that they are highly intelligent...but there is a problem. Intelligence used to be contained within the human scull. Now it is contained outside the scull and in some machine. The only intelligence you need is a tiny bit of it - just enough to push a button and access intelligence. What would happen if all electrical hard and soft ware suddenly disappeared? There would be a huge roar from humanity...and it would be in unison - and it would sound like this......................................DUGH.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Texas
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well the prisons are bulging. so there is a correlation isnt there?
I'd say there's something wrong with their wiring.
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