29 02 12 - 19:16NYT asks Are we getting dumber?
L.I. points out that genetic intelligence peaked in 1845. After that, they let the Irish and Southern/Eastern Europeans into the USA and it plummeted.
Prof Silverman reviews data from Francis Galton between 1884 and 1893, extracted from a study of visual reaction times in 2,522 men and 302 women. The average reaction times were 0.183 seconds for men and 0.187 seconds in women.
Silverman notes that in reviews of reaction time studies in 1911 (but not including Galton's work), it is clear that Galton's results were typical of the era - the range being from 0.151-0.200 seconds - median of 0.192 seconds.
By contrast, Silverman reviews twelve modern (post 1941) studies of visual reaction time (using a comparable methodology to Galton) - and the modern reaction times are very significantly longer - the total number of subjects was 3,836 - the mean reaction time was 0.250 for men (SD 47) and for women was 0.277 (SD 31). - Bruce Charlton's Miscellany
The dummheit marches on. But it doesn't know it.
A growing body of psychology research shows that incompetence deprives people of the ability to recognize their own incompetence. To put it bluntly, dumb people are too dumb to know it. Similarly, unfunny people don't have a good enough sense of humor to tell.
This disconnect may be responsible for many of society's problems.
With more than a decade's worth of research, David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, has demonstrated that humans find it "intrinsically difficult to get a sense of what we don't know." Whether an individual lacks competence in logical reasoning, emotional intelligence, humor or even chess abilities, the person still tends to rate his or her skills in that area as being above average. - Live Science
I wish I were still so innocent as to think Europe will save us all, but honestly, the worst stupidity is coming from Europe. They want to ally with Eastern Europe -- that has never worked. In fact, it nearly destroyed you idiots in the first world war. And everyone seems like a skinny hipster, master of two miniscule skills and useless at everything else.
I wonder if the cycle repeats:
New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe â 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.
A remarkable series of several dozen European-style stone tools, dating back between 19,000 and 26,000 years, have been discovered at six locations along the US east coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland, discovered by archaeologist Dr Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. A sixth was discovered by scallop-dredging fishermen on the seabed 60 miles from the Virginian coast on what, in prehistoric times, would have been dry land. - The Independent
20,000 years ago America was discovered.
They invited in everyone.
Soon it was a polyglot and then a mutt.
Commerce grew, government grew; nothing else in common.
Then it faded away.
When the Europeans re-arrived, they found warring tribes of savages who couldn't stop scalping each other long enough to resist.
The Amerinds were conquered for their own stupidity.
Then the Europeans, desperate to follow, repeated their own mistakes.
Polyglot -> Mutt -> $$$ -> 3rd world shithole
- Dan Ross