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Are we evolving stupidity?

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An article that appeared in the latest  New Scientist. You have to subscribe to read this but you can also read here  Technology may be getting smarter, but humans are getting dumber, scientists have warned.

I am not in the least surprised! Off the top of my head I would agree but be careful not to appear discriminatory or politically incorrect.Have you noticed how people write, what they read, the level of their general knowledge? And this is also passed onto their children. Every child has a smart phone with language that I do not understand  really. Shortcut! Everything has to save time , more time to be bored!

The Daily Mail writes An IQ test used to determine whether Danish men are fit to serve in the military has revealed scores have fallen by 1.5 points since 1998.

Between the 1930s and 1980s, the average IQ score in the US rose by three points and in post-war Japan and Denmark, test scores also increased significantly – a trend known as the ‘Flynn effect’.

This increase in intelligence was due to improved nutrition and living conditions – as well as better education – says James Flynn of the University of Otago, after whom the effect is named. 

Now some experts believe we are starting to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries – and that IQ scores are not just levelling out, but declining. 

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Westerns have lost 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian age, according to a study published by the University of Amsterdam last year.

Jan te Nijenhuis thinks this could be because intelligent women tend to have less children than women who are not as clever, The Huffington Post reported.

The perceived link between IQ and fertility is a very contentious one.

Dr Nijenhuis studied the results of 14 intelligence studies conducted between 1884 and 2004 to come to his conclusion.

Each study measured peoples’ reaction times – how long they took to press a button after being prompted.

It is claimed that reaction time mirrors mental processing speed – so it reflects intelligence.

They found that visual reaction times averaged 194 milliseconds in the late 19th Century, but in 2004, they had increased to 275 milliseconds.

This would suggest that people have become less intelligent, they said.

But unfortunately the older generation who are supposed to be ‘more intelligent ‘ are now bocoming too lazy to think. A lot are not even computer literate, they have to ask their children. Too lazy to figure it out!!!!!

The amazing brain

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I Forgot to remember A Book by Su Meck.

In 1988 a ceiling  fan  fell onto Su’s head and she had total amnesia following the incident. Not only did she not know who she was, she did not recognize her family, her husband, her children, her sibling,s her parents.

Furthermore she was unable to form new memories for a very long time. Given a hairbrush she did not know what to do with it, she had a limited vocabulary and she had to learn almost everything from scratch.

To this day she cannot remember anything from her life prior to 1988 and after that in patches. Yet she recovered well enough to be able to write a book and relate her story.

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What I found quite astonishing was the inability of the medical profession to grasp her condition, some even put it down to malingering. But we are no longer the raft on the ocean , we have actually come far. Not that we ever would know more than say 50% ? of the human brain – my estimate.

But had it happened today it would have been a different story.

One of the best free resources for learning about the brain on the internet is the Charlie Rose Brain Series available on streaming video through CharlieRose.com. For two years (2012)  Charlie had been sitting down with Nobel Prize-winning psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel as they have explored pioneering discoveries of neuroscience. In each episode Charlie and Dr. Kandel sit down with a roundtable of leading brain scientists and researchers to explore an aspect of neuroscience. If you are interested in neuroscience this is not something to be missed. I suggest you Google this if you are interested.

Big bullies

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Are also the greatest  cowards!

It is part of the personality make-up

Think of Himmler, think of Hitler…. Long list here!

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Easy way not to face the music?

Kill before you are killed.

If the Monster of Springs had more brain cells and more power, imagine!

But then most suicides are not cowardice.

It could also be a great act of courage!cleopatra

 

 

The 14 Habits of Miserable People

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The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People

How to succeed at self-sabotage.
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Interesting article which you can read here

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/14-habits-highly-miserable-people?page=0%2C0

Honing Your Misery Skills

  1. 1.     Be afraid, be very afraid, of economic loss.
  2. 2.       Practice sustained boredom
  3. 3.        Give yourself a negative identity.
  4. 4.       Pick fights.
  5. 5.       Attribute bad intentions.
  6. 6.       Whatever you do, do it only for personal gain
  7. 7.       Avoid gratitude
  8. 8.       Always be alert and in a state of anxiety
  9. 9.        Blame your parents
  10. 10.    Don’t enjoy life’s pleasures
  11. 11.   Ruminate.
  12. 12.   Glorify or vilify the past.
  13. 13.   Find a romantic partner to reform.
  14. 14.   Be critical.

Cute new Google Doodle

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What do you see?

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Interesting but very SAD mail from a friend.

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What happens if your child falls prey to a sociopath?

Like a cult leader?

Or just somebody that exerts control because of his / her own needs.

Because the vulnerable are used.

Actually very little unless you can convince your child that he / she is dealing with a sociopath. And I would not bet on your chances either. And usually the sociopath will ensure that he / she isolates you from your child – sad hey?

 

Sociopaths can be very charismatic and friendly — because they know it will help them get what they want. “They are expert con artists and always have a secret agenda,”   “People are so amazed when they find that someone is a sociopath because they’re so amazingly effective at blending in. They’re masters of disguise. Their main tool to keep them from being discovered is a creation of an outer personality.”

Sociopathy is a personality disorder that manifests itself in such traits as dishonesty, charm, manipulation, narcissism, and a lack of both remorse and impulse control

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“I am naturally manipulative. I have a tendency to indulge in self-deception.”

 

So you are…?

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Which Grandparent Are You Most Related to?

 

Your family tree says you inherited 25 percent of your ancestry from each. Genetics says you didn’t.

 

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What makes you who you are genetically? The easy answer is your family. The longer answer begins with the fact that all humans have two parents (at least for now), and usually four distinct grandparents (there are unfortunate exceptions). Genetically you are a recombination of four separate individuals. But that does not mean you have an equal contribution from four separate individuals.

But that does not mean you have an equal contribution from four separate individuals. Humans normally carry 23 pairs of chromosomes: 22 autosomal pairs and one pair of sex chromosomes, either two copies of the X for a female or an X and a Y in the case of males. By Mendel’s law of segregation you receive one copy of each pair from your mother (via the egg), and one copy from your father (via the sperm). This means exactly half of your genome derives from each parent.

Things begin to get more complicated going back two generations. One might think that of the 44 autosomal chromosomes you would receive 11 from each of the four grandparents. (For simplicity we’ll leave the sex chromosomes out for now. If you are a female, you receive one X from each parent, while if you are a male you receive an X from your mother and a Y from your father, who got it from his father.) But while the proportion of one’s inheritance from parents is fixed by exact necessity, the fraction from grandparents is governed by chance. For each of the chromosomes you inherit from a given parent, you have a 50 percent chance of gaining a copy from your grandfather and a 50 percent chance of gaining a copy from your grandmother. The laws of independent probability imply that there is a 1 in 4 million chance that all of your maternal or paternal chromosomes could come from just one grandparent!* What’s more, genetic recombination means that chromosomes aren’t purely from one grandparent or the other; during the cell divisions that produce sperm and eggs, chromosomes exchange segments and become hybrids. You almost certainly have different genetic contributions from your four grandparents.

But this is not just abstract theorizing. Imagine that you could know that 22 percent of the genome of your child derives from your mother, and 28 percent from your father. Also imagine that you know that 23 percent of the genome of your child derives from your partner’s mother, and 27 percent derives from your partner’s father. And you could know exactly how closely your child is related to each of its uncles and aunts. This isn’t imaginary science fiction, it is science fact.

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There is no pill for stupid!

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  • Researchers  found eclectic mix of items used to judge success and wealth
  • Gadgets  such as iPads and holiday destinations made the list
  • Status  symbols include where you do your food shop and designer  watches

 

The eclectic mix of items emerged in a poll of 2,000 adults which found that around one in seven Britons (14 per cent) have bought a status symbol simply to impress others or appear better-off than they are.

Worryingly, fewer than half used savings, with one in four putting the purchase on a credit card, and more than one in 20 taking out a loan.

Read more here 

(I have never been impressed by what people have or drive but who they are. Except I may be envious of where you live because I would love to live in Savannah!)

And all of this may be summed up by the article in the New Scientist.

Editorial:Time to get smarter about stupidity

You may read the article here   or subscribe to the New Scientist.

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EARTH has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless,” wrote Gustave Flaubert. He was almost unhinged by the fact. Colourful fulminations about his fatuous peers filled his many letters to Louise Colet, the French poet who inspired his novel Madame Bovary. He saw stupidity everywhere, from the gossip of middle-class busybodies to the lectures of academics. Not even Voltaire escaped his critical eye. Consumed by this obsession, he devoted his final years to collecting thousands of examples for a kind of encyclopedia of stupidity. He died before his magnum opus was complete, and some attribute his sudden death, aged 58, to the frustration of researching the book.

And furthermore …..the variation in our intelligence may have arisen from a process called “genetic drift”, after human civilisation eased the challenges driving the evolution of our brains. Gerald Crabtree at Stanford University in California is one of the leading proponents of this idea. He points out that our intelligence depends on around 2000 to 5000 constantly mutating genes. In the distant past, people whose mutations had slowed their intellect would not have survived to pass on their genes; but Crabtree suggests that as human societies became more collaborative, slower thinkers were able to piggyback on the success of those with higher intellect. In fact, he says, someone plucked from 1000 BC and placed in modern society, would be “among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions” (Trends in Genetics, vol 29, p 1). This theory is often called the “idiocracy” hypothesis

A Question of Values

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Gen Patraeus had an affair (maybe more than one) with a younger woman who seems to have stalked him because of his fame and what he could do for HER ambitions.  The ‘other’ woman with few scruples.

 

What about his wife of 38 years? One has to keep in mind that without her support and sacrifices he would not have obtained all his achievements. But now she, Holly,  is being accused of also being culpable – letting herself go.

In other words not spending enough time in the beauty parlours, at the gym, at the plastic surgeon….and I quote from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/9683122/Why-should-Holly-Petraeus-have-sought-to-make-herself-any-lovelier.html

But Holly, his spouse of 38 years must (apparently) concede that she, too, is to some degree culpable. Her misdemeanour could even be construed as greater than his crime. Namely: She Let Herself Go.

Cyberspace is awash with venomous harpies laying into her physical appearance. A writer for Vanity Fair commiserated that her upper arms weren’t toned, but suggested she could always “cheer herself up” with some bright fashion-forward nail varnish.

What a sick, sick  society without values.

Are you a racist?

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You probably are and you are not even aware of it.

Racism is hardwired into the brain, say scientists – and it operates unconsciously.

The same circuits in the brain that allow us to see which ethnic group a person belongs to overlap with others that drive emotional decisions.

The result is that even right-thinking individuals make unconscious decisions based on a person’s race.

Brain scans have proved that interactions with people of other ethnic backgrounds set off reactions that may be completely unknown to our conscious selves.

The finding may force researchers to think about racism in entirely new ways.

It’s possible, the researchers say, that even right-thinking, ‘egalitarian’ people could harbour racist attitudes without knowing.

The chemicals involved in perceiving ethnic backgrounds overlap with those for processing emotion and making decisions, according to new research.

And the findings published in Nature Neuroscience could lead to fresh ways of thinking about unintended race-based attitudes and decisions.

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