I’m with stupid (and so are you)

In news that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, according to Gerald Crabtree, a professor at Stanford University’s medical school, humanity is getting dumber and dumber in our safe, sanitized civilized world. In part, he writes:

“I would be willing to wager that if an average citizen of Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions…We would be surprised by our time-visitor’s memory, broad range of ideas and clear-sighted view of important issues. I would also guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues.”

Crabtree’s basic argument is that back in the times of early man, if you made a error in judgement, you were pretty likely to die as a result and your substandard genes wouldn’t be passed on to flourish in subsequent generations:

“Needless to say a hunter gatherer that did not correctly conceive a solution to providing food or shelter probably died along with their progeny, while a modern Wall Street executive that made a similar conceptual mistake would receive a substantial bonus.”

There are obvious flaws in his theory–stupid people did not create great works of literature, discover a vaccine for polio, design the computer I’m typing on, figure out that the earth is not flat or establish Stanford University. Perhaps a more accurate hypothesis would be to conclude that thanks to the hard work and intelligence of some human beings, a great many others have the luxury of being stupid without said stupidity costing them their lives.

Even if sometimes it probably should:

Let’s be careful out there, shall we?

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9 Responses to “I’m with stupid (and so are you)”

  1. jake November 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    That man must have been on something. There’s no way in hell a sane human acts like that, right? I can’t think of a better video to couple with what you wrote.

    I heard this recently, too. Did this man just recently come out with an article or something? And also, have you seen Idiocracy? It’s VULGAR but has a great premise, which is that if a regular (kind of dumb) dude and a prostitute were frozen for 500 years and woke up in the future, they’d be the smartest, based on our current trajectory. It’s actually smarter than that, but it was made by the guy who did Beavis and Butthead…..

  2. Glynn November 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    This explains so much. So much.

  3. Jim H November 29, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Makes me itch just watching it

  4. Okiewife (Lois) November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    I think my granddaughter married into the family who produced the hay bale guy….just thinking. Ha.

  5. Jeff November 29, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I cannot believe what I just saw.

  6. SimplyDarlene November 29, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Did you write something up there? Who can recall after watching that video?!

    I peed.

    (wherever did you find that?)

  7. SimplyDarlene November 29, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    i mean, i laughed
    i peed.

    i don’t know what’s better, that neked fool or his woman taking the video.

    who’s gonna stop the tractor?

  8. SimplyDarlene November 29, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    oh, here i am again.

    nice, how you pointed that arrow to your own head.

    btw: meThinks you notStupid, meThinks youFunnyLady.

  9. Jason Stasyszen November 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    That video- Oh my… (as George Takei might say).

    I don’t know if stupidity and boredom/lack of purpose are the same thing, but maybe they go together…

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