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  • #16
    Originally posted by Leida View Post
    Uhm, I am sorry to put this here, but would that be Athenian showing up among the modern Greeks or modern Americans? Folks from the US tend to examine every problem very inwardly, and then extrapolate the result to the entire world, when they are actually an exceptional minority. Just sayin'.
    Culturally, the difference is kinda disappearing. To quote Rammstein: "We're all living in America."
    (OK, I get your point there, but I assume they just mean Ancient Greeks vs any Advanced Modern Society.)
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    • #17
      I think that millions of people in Asia and Africa can but disagree. Heck, I live in Canada, and I do not feel like I live in USA.
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      • #18
        IF the selection pressures on intelligence have relaxed or shifted, then he might be on to something. In no way has he demonstrated that this is the case, however, so it remains merely one of many possibilities.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Leida View Post
          I think that millions of people in Asia and Africa can but disagree. Heck, I live in Canada, and I do not feel like I live in USA.
          I know. It's just a joke based on how Americanized most Western cultures are. Look up the video to the song. It makes enough of a point of how much America's culture is "leaking" into other ones.
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          Perfection is entirely individual. Any philosophy or pursuit that encourages individuality has merit in that it frees people. Any that encourages shackles only has merit in that it shows you how wrong and desperate the human mind can get in its pursuit of truth.

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          I'd apologize, but...

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          • #20
            PS: The main reason the potential loss of intelligence in humans is hard to study, btw, is because most modern science refuses to accept "devolution". Things (supposedly) go from heavy to light, muscular to fast, armoured to armourless, dumb to smart and CAN'T go the other way. A lot of species and data that don't fit those criteria are sort of ignored. Stupid, I know, but, unfortunately, science isn't one genius having bright ideas, it's a group-effort, using pre-conceived concepts and concensus. Makes it hard to get anything "genius" done.
            In the eyes of modern science, humans CAN'T "get dumber" because that'd be "devolution" and that "doesn't happen", so it's unlikely to be folled up with another study, as it isn't a supported view.
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            Perfection is entirely individual. Any philosophy or pursuit that encourages individuality has merit in that it frees people. Any that encourages shackles only has merit in that it shows you how wrong and desperate the human mind can get in its pursuit of truth.

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            I get blunter and more narcissistic by the day.
            I'd apologize, but...

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