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Re: This explains a lot: people are getting dumber
said by Wolfie00:1st response: Goodwin's Law as at the end they have been the only regime to actually implement any sort or form of eugenics into a political agenda.
Would this be the Athens where democracy was invented, and was famous for its philosophers and much of the foundation of modern civilization?
Secondly, what the hell does this report have to do with Germany or politics or sterilizations? Where is that being advocated? This is a typical example of a scientist reporting observations being accused of some nefarious conspiracy by someone who doesn't like his observations.
May I suggest: think first, write later.
Second response: Athenians killed off their rivals so they would have no real opposition (To prevent what is happening in the US right now)
Sounds to me more like generational whining about laziness and nostalgia in the bias more then actually advocating eugenics.
The final response really shows the authors bias with this quote. He implies that if we were destroy technology, and and go backwards we would become "smarter". All the automated things we do make us 'dumb' not the genes.
quote:Its similar to the argument proposed that humans in 2000 years will have non functional fingers except the thumbs. An evolution triggered because of needed muscular development to facilitate the use of text messaging (a need to survive in today's socioeconomic world).
Although we cant blame it on genetics, however, there is perhaps a case to be made that new technologies let us get away with using less brain power. Think back to how many telephone numbers you used to know by heart before the invention of the memory-dial function and contact lists on our mobile phones. Consider how you were forced to creatively solve problems and come up with answers to questions before Google.
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Not sure where you're going with this. How is that quote "biased"? It seems to me demonstrably true. Kids used to have to learn long division, memorize multiplication tables, learn to use logarithm tables and learn why they worked, learn to use slide rules -- now they just pound numbers into a calculator. This is not necessarily "bad", nor does he ever say it is, but it certainly requires far less skill and therefore levels the differences between the bright and the not-so-bright when it comes to these skills.
And at no point does he suggest or imply that we need to "destroy technology and go backwards." Like the other poster, these are all biases that you're reading into it because, for whatever reason, you apparently disagree with his observations. It's possible to disagree with him without suggesting some nefarious Luddite plot!
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