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Saturday, December 3, 2016

GeekSpeak SL – are humans becoming less intelligent? Join the discussion Saturday December 3rd at 12pm slt



Were the people in old civilizations like ancient Athens more intelligent than us?  If so, what has happened to us?  How far will the deterioration go?  And how long ago did it start?  Our brains are smaller now than the brains of Cro-Magnon people.  Were the Cro-Magnons more intelligent than we are?

What will happen in the future?  How realistic is the movie ‘Idiocracy’?  Will the human species in the future become really stupid, as happened in that movie?  How can we turn the tide?

Perhaps you think that we are not becoming less intelligent.  Or perhaps you think that we are developing different modes of thought that may be more valuable than the logical thought of the past?  Or perhaps you think it might be a good idea to be a bit stupider.  We might be happier that way.

Come and join us to talk about brainpower over the ages.  IM Kathen Ohtobide if you have any trouble finding us.

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  1. Just got this in my inbox > http://singularityhub.com/2016/12/05/the-brain-tech-to-merge-humans-and-ai-is-already-being-developed/?utm_source=Singularity+Hub+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a123eed7e7-Hub_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f0cf60cdae-a123eed7e7-57435921

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  2. I remember reading one prediction that future humans would be smaller, both in brains and muscle, as computers and machines did more of their work. But history is full of predictions that are either wrong or aren't quite right.

    As for "Idiocracy," it was funny, in a cynical way. But what would the solution be according to the movie? Go back to the days before crop rotation and medicine when disease, starvation, and war ensured the population was barely growing when most women were having six or seven kids?

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