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|Quote (fnxtr @ July 16 2010,12:51)|
|I wonder if that's a case of society outpacing the abilities of its members. |
As the world becomes more complex and technology-dependent, we need more individuals capable of understanding it, but the average kid hasn't become any smarter, or any more motivated to "do science", than they were in 1950.
The small Canadian town I grew up in in the 70's was still 80% lugnuts and anti-learning.
Some kids get the message that post-secondary education is vital these days, but they get it too late, or don't realize just how much <i>work</i> it can be.
The guy who does Dilbert (I forget his name) wrote a book and included something along these lines.
He said that when humans level of technology was limited to the spear, we could handle that. Pointy end forward, no big deal. But, relatively suddenly, we have cell phones, the iPhone/Android debate, space shuttles, and 50,000 kinds of plastics.
The human brain just can't keep up, even the smartest in our society are becoming dumber and dumber. Sure they may be experts in quantum chromodynamics, but I bet they can't kill a leopard with a spear.
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