Originally posted by ALOSTSOUL
On the topic of "humans being dumber now days" I have a theory. I believe it is down to computerised memory that we know less. After all who needs
to retain such knowledge as the 'big bang theory' or what monarch regined in 1237 when you can simply and quickly relearn it at the touch of a
I don't think it's so much that we are dumber, I think it's that were more economical with what and how we learn and retain information.
Simply proof of the fact. Who needs to know any math, I have a calculator in my Iphone. Who needs to know, well, ANYTHING, I can just look it up on
Google on my Iphone right here. Duh.
You want to see some dumbing down on purpose, check out Mexico. Schools here are even worse. Most young people can barely read and write. NO ONE
knows how to write in cursive anymore, and no one can add two plus two.
Yesterday I took my laundry to the laundromat because it's ten pesos per kilo on Tuesday and Thursday. The mental giant who just weighs laundry on a
scale and then writes a receipt for it all day, had to bust out the calculator to figure out how much twelve kilos should cost. After much fumbling
about with buttons, he figured out to write 120 pesos on the receipt. I handed him a 200 peso note. He had to whip out the old calculator again to
figure out how much change to give me. I would have laughed except it becomes annoying after you see this in action the first ten thousand times.
As a rescue boat captain, I saw this kind of thing in action when they invented GPS. Suddenly any moron thinks they can head out into the deep blue
and just GPS their way around. No need to know ANYTHING about navigation, or usually anything else.
Until the GPS stops working. Right when your engine breaks down. Your Iphone won't work out there. There's no one to call. You can't see
anything. There are no road signs. There is no road. There are no phone booths, no gas stations, no police, no hotels. Good luck with that.
Hopefully, I am within radio range and can come rescue you. That is, if you even have a radio. Who needs that old fashioned thing when you have your
Iphone, right? With a GPS in it! Even if you can't explain where you are, as usual. ("I'm right here...to the left of the island") I can zero in
on your radio signal with my RDF.
And actually, since I am there to rescue you, who needs crazy stuff like a compass, or an anchor, or, say, knowledge how to stop bad leaks? Of
course, radio range is only about forty miles, any further than that and you are actually ON YOUR OWN. But you've got your GPS, right? No need to
know anything else.
But wait, you are so smart and well educated. You are so specialized, that you know a huge amount about a VERY narrow field. Con men know that these
are the easiest marks. You think you are so smart, that it's extra super easy to fool you, because you are too smart to get fooled. Ha. Airline
pilots and lawyers are the EASIEST to con. Believe me, I know.
If you don't know basic math, because no one needs to waste space in their brain on stuff that a two dollar calculator can do, well, it's really
easy to tell you that "Jobs are UP!" "The economy is BOOMING!" Just look at these numbers! Now vote for me! And it's almost impossible for
you to even figure out HOW you are being screwed, let alone how badly. You will actually bend over and say, "Thank you sir, may I have another?"
Nah, no way the govt would want everyone to be so dumb that they can't see how they are getting screwed. Why would they want that? They have only
your best interests at heart.
"We are from the government. We are here to help."