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2021-07-19 2:27:32 PM  
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2021-07-19 2:32:55 PM  
They've always been here. Trouble is they can find each other now.
 
2021-07-19 2:39:16 PM  
FTA

The most popular show on TV is called Ow, My Ass!

/FTA

So close...
 
2021-07-19 2:41:58 PM  
Can I assume that posting a fart-joke in this thread would be verification of the headline statement?

/kinda my thing
 
2021-07-19 2:47:58 PM  
We are worse than Idiocracy.

They knew they needed to get someone smarter than they were to save themselves.
 
2021-07-19 2:59:52 PM  
Uh, yes. We are.
 
2021-07-19 3:08:29 PM  
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2021-07-19 3:11:49 PM  
Forty five percent of a major political party thinks that science is a lie.
Nuff said.
 
2021-07-19 3:13:02 PM  
The Trump presidency was a mango miasma, of misery.
 
2021-07-19 3:14:21 PM  
Huh uh huh huh uh huh. They said we. Ya know, like I say when I'm with a chick.
Mmm hmm hm mm hmm yeh. Then they said in. Mmm hmm hm mm.

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2021-07-19 3:16:19 PM  
Yes.  Just like every other era of human history.
 
2021-07-19 3:20:33 PM  
Intelligence and brain function are inversely tied to Carbon Dioxide levels.

So the more crap we keep dumping into the air, the dumber we are going to get as a species.  If we don't solve it now, we may not have the brainpower to solve it in the future.
 
2021-07-19 3:29:18 PM  

capt.snicklefritz: They've always been here. Trouble is they can find each other now.


Very much this.  They feed on each other's stupidity.
 
2021-07-19 3:30:02 PM  
It's the Farkest timeline.
 
2021-07-19 3:36:53 PM  
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2021-07-19 3:50:46 PM  
As pointed out in every Idiocracy thread, it's much worse.  When confronted with a difficult problem, President Camacho finds the most intelligent person in the world and puts them in charge of fixing it.  When it turns out he unfairly blamed Joe for the initial failure, he admitted he was wrong, announced to everyone that Joe was right and gave him an award.

Meanwhile, Trump would have put Kushner in charge of fixing it, Kushner would have come up with only stupid ideas that didn't work, grifted whatever he could off the solution and then blamed the Democrats when everything failed.

Which of these is better?
 
2021-07-19 3:55:27 PM  
This is the Dawning of the Age of Oblivious.
 
2021-07-19 3:56:34 PM  

capt.snicklefritz: They've always been here. Trouble is they can find each other now.


This is the answer I'm going with. ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆
 
2021-07-19 3:58:16 PM  
Al Gore called it in 2006 (and updated it in 2017):

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2021-07-19 4:04:43 PM  

oldfarthenry: Can I assume that posting a fart-joke in this thread would be verification of the headline statement?

/kinda my thing


When I was in first grade, I thought fart jokes were immature, and I didn't understand what was funny about farts. I've learned to be more accepting of fart humor.
 
2021-07-19 4:15:34 PM  
Intelligence isn't hereditary.
Natural selection doesn't work that way.
The story of the dumbing down of humanity doesn't have to focus on the United-States.

That is all. (I think?)

/sorry to be *that* guy
 
2021-07-19 4:32:29 PM  

Social Justice Warlock: Intelligence isn't hereditary.
Natural selection doesn't work that way.
The story of the dumbing down of humanity doesn't have to focus on the United-States.

That is all. (I think?)

/sorry to be *that* guy


No, heredity doesn't work like that. However, people who value education will read to their kids and try to provide for them a nurturing environment so they can succeed. They don't just plop them down in front of the tube, ignore their well-being, not pay attention to what their kids are up to. It won't make the kids smarter but it will give them an appreciation for what they had and will make them look at where they are, where they're going and what they will provide their own offspring. Show your kid you care for them and others and they will care for others. Show your kid you don't give a damn about them or other people and they'll pass it along.


When I first read The Marching Morons, I thought, "What a crazy concept! Good thing it will never happen."
 
2021-07-19 4:36:44 PM  
We are all going to die, and it will be the fault of a moron.
 
2021-07-19 4:38:58 PM  
The internet was supposed to give us The Information Age and it did. It just didn't truthly stop it from becoming The Misinformation Age. It ended up just being an uncontrolled gullibility machine with no real end in sight.

/dnrtfa
 
2021-07-19 4:48:21 PM  
What, no blm on the list? SMH
 
2021-07-19 5:05:43 PM  

real_headhoncho: We are all going to die, and it will be the fault of a moron.


Be more polite, or he might not accept your challenge to play a game.
 
2021-07-19 5:09:05 PM  

illegal: What, no blm on the list? SMH


Ain't been here even a month.
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2021-07-19 5:12:53 PM  
Idiocracy is wrong. It isn't poor people screwing up society, it's rich people.

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Among the insurrectionists, the majority were business-people or white-collar workers. Only 9% of those apprehended were unemployed.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/arc​h​ive/2021/02/the-capitol-rioters-arent-​like-other-extremists/617895/
 
2021-07-19 5:15:05 PM  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morloc​k
The Morlocks and the Eloi have something of a symbiotic relationship: the Eloi are clothed and fed by the Morlocks, and in return, the Morlocks eat the Eloi. The Time Traveler perceives this, and suggests that the Eloi-Morlock relationship developed from a class distinction present in his own time: the Morlocks are the working class who were relegated to working and living underground so that the rich upper class could live in luxury on the surface. With time, the balance of power changed - the hedonistic surface people no longer dominating the underground dwellers, but instead becoming their livestock.
 
2021-07-19 5:16:13 PM  

real_headhoncho: We are all going to die, and it will be the fault of a moron.


I will die younger than I should due to poor choices in diet and lifestyle in my youth.  So can confirm.
 
2021-07-19 5:17:01 PM  

Lochsteppe: Al Gore called it in 2006 (and updated it in 2017):

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You spelled Carl Sagan wrong. And it was 1997.


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2021-07-19 5:19:35 PM  

Social Justice Warlock: Intelligence isn't hereditary.
Natural selection doesn't work that way.
The story of the dumbing down of humanity doesn't have to focus on the United-States.

That is all. (I think?)

/sorry to be *that* guy


Intelligence is definitely (at least in part) hereditary.

Smart people have a higher chance of living until breeding age, and probably help their offspring survive better after birth.  Now, at this point, smart people might actually have fewer children (which is the plot of Idiocracy), so that's not all good.
 
2021-07-19 5:20:11 PM  

Slypork: Social Justice Warlock: Intelligence isn't hereditary.
Natural selection doesn't work that way.
The story of the dumbing down of humanity doesn't have to focus on the United-States.

That is all. (I think?)

/sorry to be *that* guy

No, heredity doesn't work like that.


Thanks, so we agree.

Everything that came after your "However" is:

A. Not related to intelligence, but rather related to time and (to some extent) wealth. Some families can afford to have game nights and bedtime readings others can't. And some that can afford it don't (but hire a nanny to do so...). In short smart people can raise dumb morons.

B. Shows the importance of universal pre-k free child care, *and* free kindergarten and general public education after that. In short, morons can raise smart motivated individuals.

So, there.
 
2021-07-19 5:21:31 PM  
"Ow, My Ass"???
 
2021-07-19 5:22:21 PM  
Half the human race have an IQ below average and that's not a high bar
 
2021-07-19 5:23:52 PM  

jamspoon: Half the human race have an IQ below average and that's not a high bar


"Think of how stupid the average person is.  Then realize that half the population is stupider than that!!" --George Carlin
 
2021-07-19 5:29:35 PM  

Geotpf: Social Justice Warlock: Intelligence isn't hereditary.
Natural selection doesn't work that way.
The story of the dumbing down of humanity doesn't have to focus on the United-States.

That is all. (I think?)

/sorry to be *that* guy

Intelligence is definitely (at least in part) hereditary.

Smart people have a higher chance of living until breeding age, and probably help their offspring survive better after birth.  Now, at this point, smart people might actually have fewer children (which is the plot of Idiocracy), so that's not all good.


Everything is "in part" hereditary.
And everything you write is why intelligence WAS selected for.

There were indeed selective advantages to possessing  increased cognitive capacities. This isn't what's correlated to what is typically referred to as "intelligence".

Like there *used* to be a benefit to increased memory (remembering tricks to catch preys or avoid predators, recalling early langages etc.). Memory is largely hereditary. So that's a component of cartesian thinking.

But there are a great very many conspiracy nuts who have engineering degrees. Soooo.... That's not sufficient.

Curiosity, the proper use of data, critical thinking skills, emotional quotient, and meta cognitive reflexes are all acquired skills (partly based on biological traits, obviously).

So the fact that smart people have fewer kids isn't the problem. Rather, the problem is the fact that learning isn't valued and public education is underfunded...
 
2021-07-19 5:31:42 PM  

casey17: Lochsteppe: Al Gore called it in 2006 (and updated it in 2017):

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You spelled Carl Sagan wrong. And it was 1997.


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That's a very good one too, I agree. I read it earlier this summer.

For conciseness, though, this one is probably best:

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2021-07-19 5:34:04 PM  
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2021-07-19 5:34:44 PM  

Slypork: illegal: What, no blm on the list? SMH

Ain't been here even a month.
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Facts Matter!   If there are twice as many white violent criminals as black Violent criminals and the cops are suppose to be racist, how come the cops shoot white criminals 3.5 times more? Fact checking is your friend! Blm is wrong and they are terrorists.
 
2021-07-19 5:36:12 PM  

Stephen_Falken: Huh uh huh huh uh huh. They said we. Ya know, like I say when I'm with a chick.
Mmm hmm hm mm hmm yeh. Then they said in. Mmm hmm hm mm.

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Mr. Judge was ahead of his time. Just barely, but still.
 
2021-07-19 5:46:29 PM  

Johnny the Tackling Alzheimers Patient: This is the Dawning of the Age of Oblivious.


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/ No skillz
 
2021-07-19 6:59:01 PM  

capt.snicklefritz: They've always been here. Trouble is they can find each other now.


This is what happens when literature is removed from the curriculum.

"Better to remain silent and be though​t a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt".

It used to be that this would be seen as wisdom by the dullards. Today they are proud and loud. I suspect the numbers are about the same, but now they want everyone to know about it.
 
2021-07-19 7:38:46 PM  
Are we living in late-stage consumer society? Yes yes we are. We are deliberately stupid. They talked us into it. It only cost us the whole goddamn planet.

Lochsteppe: Al Gore called it in 2006 (and updated it in 2017):
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I'm going to read that. Al gore was a journalist, he knows about this shiat. He is not a stupid man. Just not popular.
We didn't just devolve to this. it's been a planned manipulation. But you know there's a lot of side effects when you only look at the short-term profits, and nobody ever stopped to think what they might be. Or more accurately--nobody cared. See how rich we are.
Rich rich rich

/looks at brown sky and orange sun
 
2021-07-19 8:00:32 PM  
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2021-07-19 8:26:28 PM  
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2021-07-19 9:14:40 PM  
On fark it's 9 out of 10.
 
2021-07-19 9:20:27 PM  
I don't know if people are more stupid but people seem to be more tribal and intolerant of anyone wavering from what they think is the proper way to be liberal/conservative/whatever. One must be a zealot or risk being cast out.
 
2021-07-19 10:46:08 PM  
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2021-07-20 5:04:10 AM  

Befuddled: I don't know if people are more stupid but people seem to be more tribal and intolerant of anyone wavering from what they think is the proper way to be liberal/conservative/whatever. One must be a zealot or risk being cast out.


NO. If you are a Trumper you ARE and idiot. Period. Something is wrong with you. Seek help.
 
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