Useful And Fantastic: Are We Being Dumbed Down? - 1
"People have always been stupid,'' declares Val Yule.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein
People have always been stupid – it is a more serious part of the human condition than Original Sin.
We are allowing ourselves to be made more stupid.
Our responses to challenges are often paradoxically stupid.
What must we do to be less foolish?
History is ‘a record of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind’. (Edward Gibbon)
There has usually been a ‘faithful remnant’, so to speak, who have been less stupid, and helped to lead mankind out of the morass towards a better quality of life. But they have not been immune from foolishness either, and some writers make a
living fossicking out and publishing the foolishness of the great. Silly, unless it makes us tolerate our own weaknesses
more easily and still keep going in hope.
One theory of intelligent design is that a creator, to avoid boredom, invented us as a computer game, and set levels of
difficulty to ensure human behavior was made more interesting by making humans clever enough to invent astonishing things, yet but stupid enough to misuse them or fail to cope with their complexity.
To be continued.