Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Philosophy Wire: Civilization makes us more stupid. Yes. Yes?

evolution_2396388bPhilosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2012-11-13]: A new radical research reveals that as civilization progresses humans become more stupid. All the civilization advances make our life easier but also remove the evolutionary pressure we once had and which led to clever people surviving the dumb ones: there is no need to try to be clever since the developments like agriculture, the safety of an organized society and all technology available makes life easier for everyone [source: web news] Well. The study is indeed innovative. However ancient Greeks were once more ahead of their time. Thousands of years ago, they believed the SAME very thing for their time: They too believed in Regression rather that Progress. They believed that that they were the “bronze” genos (Gr. γένος) which succeeded the “silver” genos which in turn succeeded the initial Gold Genos of humans. Now if ancient Greeks where the “bronze” ones, who are we? The “plastic” ? We should be. We are the first civilization who takes so much care of recycling while not producing anything of value… OR… Maybe all this is just the complex of "the old times are always better than the current we live in” type… At the end it is up to you to decide. Do you freel a lesser person than your ancestors?
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