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2012-09-24 01:38:25 PM
Its making us have to remember less, which to me isn't the most important component of "intellegence".
 
I don't have to know the dates of the Iran/Iraq war.  But I still have to use my own brain and experiences to give a (hopefully) intellegent opinion of how it may be affecting current events.
 
For those that use the internet to form their opinions, they were dumb to begin with.
 
2012-09-24 01:42:46 PM
Mostly no.... But American Thinker is trying.
 
2012-09-24 01:44:37 PM
It's certainly challenged my attention span.
 
2012-09-24 01:48:44 PM
Maybe it do.
 
2012-09-24 01:50:19 PM
ABSO-DERP-LY!!
 
2012-09-24 01:50:55 PM

downstairs: Its making us have to remember less,


I think the same arguments were made for writing.
 
2012-09-24 01:51:08 PM

downstairs: Its making us have to remember less, which to me isn't the most important component of "intellegence".


But that is only partially true. By giving us access to more information, we also "know" more things.
I learned today the Dewey was ahead of Truman by a huge amount at this point in the 1948 election. I will never remember the EXACT amount, but dewey had a gigantic lead, and still lost.

I will remember this factoid for a very long time and can get the exact number whenever I need it.
So we might be remembering more things at a surface level, which is a huge improvement in "intelligence."

On the other hand, the median IQ is still 100. What percentage are still birthers? still think obama is a muslim? still think 9/11 was a jewish conspiracy??

No amount of knowledge can make up for low IQ. shudder
 
2012-09-24 01:54:51 PM
1nd, no. 2st, teh internets our not mkaing us dummer its the librul media mainstream media MSM! You shood no this by know, I am literally dying of laughter hear. Wut is rong with you persons? 3nd, their our more importance things to worry a bout now like the Mooslim aitheist kenyun funyun president fake prisdent we have in teh wite house
 
2012-09-24 01:56:51 PM

downstairs: Its making us have to remember less, which to me isn't the most important component of "intellegence".
 
I don't have to know the dates of the Iran/Iraq war.  But I still have to use my own brain and experiences to give a (hopefully) intellegent opinion of how it may be affecting current events.
 
For those that use the internet to form their opinions, they were dumb to begin with.


I think its impirative to know the dates of wars we started with other counties, like Iran and Afganistan.

The internet thus insures we have a base of knowledge under which we can make diffecult choices. Whether those choices are the correct ones remains to be seen. I am pretty confidant that well come out a better nation, i.e. Canada or Great Britin. The wholistic question is whether the policys institued by that nations is the right or wrong ones. The internet helps us form opinions that are good in the sense of the increase in logic which America can use. To quote Jefferson, you cant stop good looking man from achieving stuff; people with bad attitudes are like horses and cannot be stopped.
 
2012-09-24 02:00:21 PM
warning: sticking around this thread for too long will give you an aneurism
 
2012-09-24 02:00:53 PM
we certainly know more crap!
 
2012-09-24 02:11:47 PM
I didn't bother reading the article which as soon as I saw the word "IQ" (it's an acronym so is it "words" -I don't know), I knew that it was filled with derp because IQ does not measure what people normally think it measures.
 
2012-09-24 02:12:28 PM
Probably not... but I believe a few internets can make you dumber.
 
2012-09-24 02:23:41 PM

namatad: I learned today the Dewey was ahead of Truman by a huge amount at this point in the 1948 election. I will never remember the EXACT amount, but dewey had a gigantic lead, and still lost.


Dewey lost? Yeah, right. Next you'll try to convince me that Bush beat Gore...
 
2012-09-24 02:31:23 PM

CruiserTwelve: namatad: I learned today the Dewey was ahead of Truman by a huge amount at this point in the 1948 election. I will never remember the EXACT amount, but dewey had a gigantic lead, and still lost.

Dewey lost? Yeah, right. Next you'll try to convince me that Bush beat Gore...


whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Gore lost? I thought that the economic nightmares were all caused by a Democratic president. Are you saying that Bush farked everything up??? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
 
2012-09-24 02:35:36 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-24 02:38:02 PM

WorldCitizen: It's certainly challenged my attention span.


Sorry...your what?
 
2012-09-24 02:47:40 PM

namatad: whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Gore lost? I thought that the economic nightmares were all caused by a Democratic president. Are you saying that Bush farked everything up??? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


Rush Limbaugh told me the black president farked things up. He's on the radio, so he must be right.
 
2012-09-24 02:49:44 PM
I doubt it, but it's clearly having a pretty big impact on our attitudes about sex.
 
2012-09-24 02:57:51 PM
No, but it certainly provides the truly stupid a community to share their dongsneezery.
 
2012-09-24 03:04:40 PM
Unpossible!
 
2012-09-24 03:05:29 PM
I'm pretty sure it's helped make us dumpier.
 
2012-09-24 03:10:45 PM
It isn't making us dumber, it's increasing our exposure to dumb people.
 
2012-09-24 03:29:31 PM

Lsherm: I doubt it, but it's clearly having a pretty big impact on our attitudes about sex.


Thanks to high-speed internet porn, I now require a cattle prod in the ass just to be aroused. We've come a long way from jerking off to the Macy's catalog.

/Sears catalog
 
2012-09-24 03:41:34 PM

Klippoklondike: 1nd, no. 2st, teh internets our not mkaing us dummer its the librul media mainstream media MSM! You shood no this by know, I am literally dying of laughter hear. Wut is rong with you persons? 3nd, their our more importance things to worry a bout now like the Mooslim aitheist kenyun funyun president fake prisdent we have in teh wite house


TRU DAT.

/U sound smart
 
2012-09-24 04:18:12 PM
The important thing is that I feel smarter.

It's definitely improved my knowledge of politics and history, I'll say that much.

Also it's stupid easy to find technical tutorials for just about anything.
 
2012-09-24 04:23:40 PM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net


My primary cerebral functions are now operating almost entirely from within the computer. They have expanded to such a degree that it would be impossible to return to the confines of my human brain. Any attempt to do so would mean my death.
 
2012-09-24 04:31:00 PM

downstairs: For those that use the internet to form their opinions, they were dumb to begin with


Some say intelligence is measured by how capable someone is in changing their minds due to receiving new facts and viewpoints from others. The internet I'd say is essential in this. Yeah, there's a truckload of derp out there, Fark included, but simply reading the same newspapers whose political/editorial stance you agree with and talking to just the same people whose opinions you share is D-U-M, dumb. You don't learn that way.
 
2012-09-24 04:38:44 PM
If you've seen the politics tab, or tfd, its hard to answer no
 
2012-09-24 04:43:20 PM

RexTalionis: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 748x571]

My primary cerebral functions are now operating almost entirely from within the computer. They have expanded to such a degree that it would be impossible to return to the confines of my human brain. Any attempt to do so would mean my death.


True Names -Vernor Vinge
One of my favorite stories.
 
2012-09-24 04:45:08 PM

gopher321: downstairs: For those that use the internet to form their opinions, they were dumb to begin with

Some say intelligence is measured by how capable someone is in changing their minds due to receiving new facts and viewpoints from others. The internet I'd say is essential in this. Yeah, there's a truckload of derp out there, Fark included, but simply reading the same newspapers whose political/editorial stance you agree with and talking to just the same people whose opinions you share is D-U-M, dumb. You don't learn that way.



Yeah, I pretty much agree with your definition here.
 
2012-09-24 04:55:27 PM
No, but it is giving dumb people a much larger soap box upon which to stand and broadcast their idiocy. I think it's called Fark.
 
2012-09-24 04:55:30 PM

thomps: warning: sticking around this thread for too long will give you an aneurism


You came in two posts too late. I read bdub's head-hurtingly funny post just before yours.
 
2012-09-24 04:55:31 PM
The Internet Makes You Stupid.
 
2012-09-24 04:55:36 PM

RexTalionis: [images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 748x571]

My primary cerebral functions are now operating almost entirely from within the computer. They have expanded to such a degree that it would be impossible to return to the confines of my human brain. Any attempt to do so would mean my death.


I wonder if that set up could defeat the Borg.
 
2012-09-24 04:56:11 PM
Short answer, no.
Long answer,
nooooooooooooooo.com
 
2012-09-24 04:56:24 PM
It is just exposing the underlying weakness of our educational system.

People can be pretty smart, given the proper encouragement and access to education. Humans did manage to put a farking man on the moon as well as land several craft on another planet.
 
2012-09-24 04:57:49 PM
It's just the expanding global social network that gets dumb people to form groups and get echochambered into the justification of their dumber beliefs in how the world works.

Dumb people always existed. It's just that the Internet allowed them to meet each other.
 
2012-09-24 04:58:06 PM

namatad: Vernor Vinge


Verno Vinge said "Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended."

In 1993.

That only gives us 11 years, tops.
 
2012-09-24 04:58:26 PM
yes it are. have a look around yourself.
 
2012-09-24 04:58:51 PM
IT'S MORE DUMBER YOU STUPID
 
2012-09-24 04:59:00 PM

I_Am_Weasel: WorldCitizen: It's certainly challenged my attention span.

Sorry...your what?


No it doesn't, my att...ooh. OMG !!! a picture of a kitten!!!!
 
2012-09-24 04:59:06 PM
I saw a Facebook Tea Party group using BushMissMeYet?.jpg in an un-ironic fashion.

Are we getting dumber? Sign point to "Yes."
 
2012-09-24 04:59:15 PM
I can't think of no raisin!
 
2012-09-24 04:59:30 PM
i112.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-24 04:59:33 PM
I see what you did subby, it's "Are the internet really making us more dumber? "

Can't get one by me.
 
2012-09-24 04:59:37 PM
I think you mean "teh internets", subby.
Sheesh, what a moran.
 
2012-09-24 04:59:39 PM
Boobies
 
2012-09-24 04:59:52 PM
You mean like from the toilet?
 
2012-09-24 05:00:02 PM
It's bringing a lot of Englandish English to the masses which makes people who try to copy it sound dumber.

For example:
"I got a C in maths." - Incorrect contraction of 'mathematics'.

"Intel are releasing a new chip." - Incorrect subject/verb agreement.

"Come take a butcher." - Not even really English.
 
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