America. Land of the addle-brained and home of the imbecile
August 04, 2014, 09:30:pm
America – Land of the Addle-brained and home of the imbecile
Alright, here's my bone to pick that I've been holding back for awhile. America itself spirals towards a downfall of intelligence. I sit here and watch it happen. I see it daily. In grocery lines, the gym, the office, the internet; however, where I go there seems to be little hope. Here are some of my grievances. I'll expand one point at a time. Strap your seats in, and let hilarity ensue.
Argument 1. The craze of social media
How does this play into the argument? I thought you'd never ask. So I'm sitting eating my lunch today with a few coworkers at Pot Belly's (Sandwich shop - great name for an American eatery. Fucking SO ironic). We are talking when Richard, an employee of mine, whips his phone out and starts apparently texting. I'm talking directly at him. I pose the question "Richard, what are you doing that is so important you can't listen to your boss?" His response was so enthusiastic. "I'm on Facebook letting people know we are at Pot Belly's"
Richard, I don't give a fuck where we are, or if anybody cares where we are. The simple fact is that social media has infiltrated everything. People would rather sit on Facebook and make status updates about their ass hair growing instead of talking to people. When did it become OK to have your phone out when talking to someone else? When did it suddenly become popular for everyone to know what you're doing? When was it necessary for me to know when you took your dog on a walk? I. Don't. Give. A. Fuck. Call someone, talk to someone face to face. It's not fucking hard. People now have such a lack of social skills it's perturbing. They don't teach social skills in school. There is no "Social skills for dummies" (There probably is, which is the sad thing). Some people have grown up so inept they can't even pick up the social cue when I'm walking away that I'M DONE TALKING TO YOU. I will be releasing a book called "Fucking pay attention to what's around you". It will come out this next year. My pen name will be "PayAttention Neanderthal". It's brilliant!
Argument 2. Since when did they not teach cursive in school
When did this happen? I was talking to my god daughter who is 8. When I was 8, I was learning how to write in cursive. I chatted with her for a little bit and learned something disconcerting. They not only have iPads, but they don't even really write that much. Most of it is done through typing and online homework. I remember having to write shit down, and turn it in on paper. Now that the age of paper is diminishing, it only seems "logical" that people use technology as a replacement. Here's my argument. WHY HAVE FONTS IN CURSIVE IF PEOPLE CAN'T FUCKING READ CURSIVE? That makes no sense. Absolutely fucking none; but, hey, what do I know? I'm not a doctor. Wait, wait....The things I learned as a child are now officially discarded, but essentially stomped upon. Cursive has existed a long time. I swear cursive is now becoming Latin. It's dismal.
Argument 3. America's Education System
It is no secret we're a nation of sub-par capabilities. The average IQ of America resides somewhere between 90-110. 75 is mentally challenged. 110 is considered not only above average, but you're within the top 25 or 30 percent of America. Going down even further, 130 which is considered "Gifted", is around 5-10% of our nation. Anything above 140, you're looking at roughly 1% of our entire nation. So we've got 317 Million people. That means 95,100,000 Americans hold an IQ equivalent or above 110. 31,700,000 Americans have an IQ equaling or exceeding 130. Out of all Americans, 3,170,000 people have an IQ of 140 or more. That's basically a big city. We've got a lot of ground to cover. Have you ever felt like you're working for a moron? Statistics will prove you probably are. America didn't even RANK within the top 25 countries for education. I believe as of 2013, we were either 36 or 37 (in the general range of 35 to 40 essentially). We are a powerful nation with exceptional military might. I don't feel that comfortable with a general who's IQ is that of my pinky with nuclear launch codes. THAT shit scares me. "You wanna fight, dude? FUCK YOU I HAVE NUKES". I can see it now. It's like a football game where the football destroys entire cities. The only problem is the coach can't even write his own fucking name IN CURSIVE. Jesus Christ....
Argument 4. Spell check and Grammar
I'm guilty of this. Spell check. People can barely spell. Hell, I can spell better than most, but I'm still not that noteworthy at spelling. However, I am still better than half the people I meet. If it wasn't for spell check, I have the sneaking suspicion that the papers people write would have words like "untollorable" or "speshul". Everyone will basically have to be cryptographers. I can see it now – everyone turns into Sherlock Holmes deciphering an e-mail. We'd have wars over how to spell specific things. This moves onto my second point. People use incorrect grammar constantly. I do my best not to, but hell, everyone does it. The people I tend to associate with don't do it often. It's a common theme. Slang is so prevalent among pre-teens and teens that it's like a foreign language. Microsoft word, along with most programs like it, have grammatical checks. I guarantee without that, most people would flunk high school or college. I like to pride myself on being personable. I can't be personable if I can't understand what the fuck you're saying. Call me whatever you will, but misunderstood will generally be at the LAST of that list. The top ones will more than likely include the following: asshole, prick, jackass, smart ass, or a variation of such. Also, I've yet to see someone recommend me a decent piece of literature outside of my friends. Why? Everyone reads spark notes. Reading is a dying past time. It's fucking depressing.
Argument 5. Obesity and Chronic Stress
How does this play into America's lack of intelligence, one might pose. Well, being the neurologist I am, I shall do my best to explain in lamen's terms. So we've got three areas of the brain that specifically deal with stress. The Hypothalamus, the hippocampus, and the amygdala. There are other areas that deal with it, but to a different degree. The hypothalamus has these things called "Glucocortical Receptors". Basically, your body gets stressed, it releases this chemical called cortisol. Epinephrine is also released, but that's adrenaline (we'll come back to that). For the brain to cope with such levels of stress, it has to numb some of those receptors. It deals with this in a couple of ways. Without going into too much detail, this can lead to gene malfunctions. Prolonged periods of stress can actually change brain chemistry. Monoamines, neuropeptides, and (as I refer to them) neuro steroids are all released to cope with stress. Cortisol and epinephrine are considered steroids. The glucocorticol receptors have a high affinity to Corticosterone (cortisol essentially), so once all those receptors get taken, what's left to do? It basically floats. Repeated stressful events lead to something called "GCR" (Glucotoricol Receptor Resistance). Basically, your receptors are SHOT. This actually has a serious effect on the body. It lowers the immune system for fighting diseases. It creates the need for fat stores (due to a perpetual state of fight or flight) in case of an emergency. It also numbs the body to an extreme amount of adrenaline (when some is released, it generally comes in the form of a "panic attack"). It can also lead to decreased CNS operation and frontal cortex recession (the area you think with). Stress is so prevalent in daily life, we're immune to it. Look what happens. America, chill the fuck out.
Argument 6. Glorifying of Drugs, Alcohol and Reality Television.
Ok, this is another serious issue. I'm all for experimentation. Glorification of such stands in a lot of controversy. I can't listen to rap nowadays without it relating to "money, hos/bitches, drugs, cars, shoes, clothes". I've done a lot of drugs. Like, A LOT. I'm not really proud of that. However, it taught me some valuable life lessons. I wouldn't trade that experience in at all. I don't remember a lot of my college career. I have the occasional weekend I don't remember now. I don't go around bragging about "how much I drank" or "how much pot I smoked" or "how much blow I could do". That's not something to be proud of. It's not a social status. It's not a badge of honor. One shouldn't quantify self-worth on how well they can save face under the influence. It's becoming normal. A lot of people I know use drugs recreationally (I'm part of that), doesn't use at all (yet to find many of those people), or drink/use hardcore (a lot of people). People laugh and shrug it off as a phase. Some people accept the fact they have an issue and still continue on to the bitter end. Some people seek help. The industry of rehabs/detoxes/halfway houses grows daily. Do schools even still do D.A.R.E? We have some of the worst drug problems in the world. Why glorify drugs and violence on television? Because it's entertaining. People like to live vicariously through TV. People want to know what it's like to see someone bleed. People watch Nascar for the crashes. People watch UFC to see people bleed. People watch these fucking stupid reality TV shows to see people fight. We live in a constant state of drama. It's no wonder why we like to watch drama. People say "you're such a drama queen". I like to be sarcastic. Invariably, that can create drama. I find it amusing to see how people react to sarcasm. I don't enjoy watching television. I don't enjoy watching useless drama about who likes who. I don't give a flying FUCK about the bachelor. I could care less about American Idol. Did I see that last episode of dancing with the stars or America's got talent? Fuck no. I have better shit to do with my time.
So, in short, six arguments proving why America remains in a steady state of deteriorating intelligence. What. The. Fuck. I'm not high enough for this kind of shit.
America. Land of the addle-brained and home of the imbecile
August 05, 2014, 04:04:am
There's little point in getting upset about mean IQ scores because they're a fairless useless measure of mental facility. Richard Feynman's IQ was "only" 124, for example.Plus the Flynn effect suggests everyone's broadly getting smarter, if you're going to hand on to IQ scores as having any real value.
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