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I think the pure mass of information available is creating people with an enhanced ability to process information. I can't say to what extent hard work is involved. Toddlers effortlessly become polylingual.
If at this very point in time you have the experience and knowhow to give me a proper blood letting or mercury treatment, I'll give you my address. A knowledge base still does not bely the fact that knowledge does not equal intelligence. An index of knowledge through out history is simply that, an index. Once a non-oral medium for indexing was created it became a matter of accumulation and inspiration from said accumulation. The ability to innovate and or the ability to speculate, abstract, and produce novelty based from that index at any point in time is based on the same human function as stated in my original post. As far as specifying, the OP was a broad question deserving a broad answer. If you would like to to specify maybe present a specific question and not a farsical ultimatum designed to lead a conversation down the paths which you desire it, by forcing me to choose from one obvious extreme, can anyone say Straw Man?
The common knowledge that there was once a medical treatment involving bloodletting and mercury, but that it is now known to be damaging is not much different from the common knowledge of the Bible that once people worshiped idols, but we know better. Surely one can interject that there has been documentation, scientific documentation relating to bloodletting etc. whereas an equivalent does not exist for idolatry; yet what this entails is merely the notion that "It is known", the form itself is appealed to - we never counter by stating exactly what it is which is known.
Hello Wisdom Seeker and welcome. Not to change the subject but what part of the Islands are you from? I have been there many times probably well before you were born; during the Viet Nam fiasco. Most was in Olongapo City (Subic Bay) in the province of Zambales and Manila where I was dispatched to go home to be discharged. Just curious.
Been on a few Jeepney's too. It's been over 40 years. I am sure things have changed since then.
Wisdom seeker, my name is william and thank you for the "Mr."; that was respectful. Might I offer "slums" in any scenario is an indication of lack of equality. Let's hope the slums disappear one day, then and only then will any begin to realize what equality truly means. Thank you for your response.
So you want my blood letting? Also my mercury cure? We all know mercury can cure everything.
I do know tribes and non western thinking can be quite outstanding, buddhist monks keeping their sanity after years of isolation in chineese prisons, how fakirs in India showed the west how they could control the autonom system, how an African tribe knew of the dog star ..etc.
..but still, I will unselfishly give you free mideval treatmen.
Imo you need to specify a bit, else you reach to broad.
The most intelligent person today has access to more knowledge than the most intelligent person a century ago, and so between that person and a person a century earlier, and so on. I don't think that intelligence has evolved in historical time.