Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents' How language shapes the way we think | Lera 1 day ago   18:41

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In 1900, only 3% of Americans practiced professions that were deemed "cognitively demanding." Today, 35% of us do, and we have all learned to be flexible in the way that we think about problems. In this fascinating and fast-paced spin through the cognitive history of the 20th century, moral philosopher James Flynn makes the case that changes in the way we think have had surprising (and not always positive) consequences.

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120 is the new retarded
NoNeomarxist Actor
18th. century thinking gave us the greatest moral,ethical,Legal ,Social Order construct of Human kind ;U.S. Constitution ! 20th.,21st. century thought is destroying it ! U.S. no longer in top 10 countries with highest I.Q.s ! High % of inventions that make West Euro Culture superior was invented in 19th. century .
R H
Where are the comments lol.
Leonardo Security
我认为此类比较根本没有必要,或者说,是在拿我们的长处去跟祖先的短处进行比较!毕竟我们的祖先可能更在意的是谁的消化系统更强大,谁的野外生存能力更强!
I don't think this kind of comparison is necessary at all, or that it is taking our strengths to compare with the ancestors' shortcomings! After all, our ancestors may be more concerned about who is more powerful in the digestive system and who is more capable in the wild!
Je ne pense pas que ce genre de comparaison soit nécessaire, ni que cela prenne nos forces pour comparer avec les défauts des ancêtres! Après tout, nos ancêtres se soucient peut-être davantage de savoir qui est plus puissant dans le système digestif et qui est plus capable dans la nature!
Я не думаю, что такое сравнение вообще необходимо, или что нам нужны наши силы, чтобы сравнить с недостатками предков! В конце концов, наши предки могут быть более обеспокоены тем, кто сильнее в пищеварительной системе, а кто - в дикой природе!
scott
Yet we are still as dumb as ever
Fred Fernackerpan
This guy is absolutely spot on.

The leaps from one generation to the next can be quite dramatic, particularly when technology moves fast. This seems to be something that nature wants by design; very rapid adaptation to a changing environment.
പൗരൻ
Thanks god , he’s not my grandpa
Prashant Chauhan
The world IQ is dropping, (((Flynn))).
Fernand Van de Wouwer
how can IQ's be higher than grandparents??
John McSherry
The final comment attributed to Dickens is actually from a Kipling poem.
Dr. Cornelius Q. Cadbury
In terms of raw genetic intellectual potential, we have likely been in decline for a long time. Among men, there is not much relationship between intelligence and fertility. But among women, the most intelligent have drastically low fertility. This is an inescapably dysgenic pattern.
John Billings
We didn't just have another "recession"?
The world isn't on the brink of boiling over?
There's no more inequality?
etc... Thank God...
fab thefab
IQ isn't everything. Culture and openess are at least as crucial... But that's not on the various governments agendas
fab thefab
A lot of people did not get the memo...
Bundle of Perceptions
Workers 100 years ago were intelligent enough to know that they were stronger in a union, in recent times, workers were so stupid, they turned their backs on the unions, and they lost their jobs, or their wages have been stagnant. After the Great Depression, the people marched in the streets and demanded they get a fair deal, but after the great recession, the people said: "Oh dear, the banks lost all that money, please take more." Well, the people might not have said that, but they didn't put up much of a fight when the government was bailing the banksters out of trouble with our tax dollars. 100 years ago, the people were smart enough to know the truth about what socialism is and isn't; that's not true for at least 85% of todays citizens. The vast majority of the people today still believe in supernatural nonsense, like God and the devil and all that crap.
Tyce Bruursema
I like how no matter what video you go to on youtube all the comments are memeish.
Mozanga1
I'm 36, and this is the first time someone clearly explained to me why it is a good thing to learn all that useless stuff back in school.
Hika Reti
He taught me political philosophy at University, fascinating guy.
Andrew Lankford
And yet I wonder if the next generation can cope.
B Palmer
trump voters prove that we have not come far at all. denial of science and the desire fascism are at all time highs.
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How language shapes the way we think | Lera Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents' 1 day ago   14:13

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There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian -- that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."

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