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Friday, 26 February 2016

Generations

I was watching a talk by Australian science popularist Dr Karl. It was about Australia's future and the direction were heading at the moment. One thing Karl said in his talk stood out to me and I'm never going to forget it.

"Don't tell your kids, but on average, each generation is nine IQ points average than its predecessor."


In the context with which it was used, that statement just filled me with this amazing sense of hope. It confirmed for me that kids are indeed the future. It told me that the kids, being 9% smarter than their parents, are 9% less likely to be making the same mistakes. It told me that the things our parents say can or can't be done aren't as significant as what we say can be done. We're smarter, more educated, more open-minded... We're the answer to the problems we face today.

Of course, we have our parents to thank for getting us here in the first place. Everything we have is generally built on the things they learned and earned before us. But there comes a time (and it's much earlier than most people think) when the older people have to step aside and say "We've done everything we can. We trust you to take it from here."

I'll have to do it too. Sooner or later (most likely sooner), I'll have to admit that I'm out of touch and leave the problems of the world to those younger than me. The fact that I'm one of the last people to be born in a world without the internet already puts me at a disadvantage. People just ten years younger than me will overtake me in world knowledge and awareness before I'm even ready.

We were always told to respect our elders, and while that's very true, I think there's more to it than that. I think it's just as important to respect the youth, because they're the ones that will be there to clean up our mess.

8 comments:

  1. I hope this is true. I keep thinking the NEXT generation is going to be smart enough to stop the racism thing, but even with the extra nine points, it looks like we're a few generations away...

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    1. Social change is also a very slow process. That's to be expected.

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  2. Being able to read raises your IQ 20 points on average. I think of an experience my dad had in the late 1940's. An old man at work told the young guys that the world was messed up when he came and would be messed up when he left. Add that to the Jewish proverb that more things change, the more they stay the same and you have my opinion on the matter.
    Oh well, time to check out Dr. Karl. Cheers.

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  3. IQ's are really going up? And yet kids turn in term papers that are all in text speak...
    I was born before we walked on the moon. Rather wild to think how much things have changed in the past fifty years.

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    1. I think it's always been the case that the popular kids in school try less. I bet even those popular kids, while below average, are still smarter than yesterday's popular kids ;)

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  4. Hi Michael,

    My dog on Twitter, as threatened, um, promised, was going to comment on your blog site. However, the celebrity dog, Penny aka Penny the Pawblisher, is having yet another well earn doggy nap. Strewth!

    Dr. Karl does a regular feature on BBC Radio 5 Live. On a show called, "Up All Night." A show, although hard to believe, that my blog was featured on.

    Right, enough about me and my bordering on incoherent ramblings. Actually, in regards to IQ's going up, I can certainly testify that my son is way smarter than me. Then again, so is the dog. I have an IQ of 6 and it takes 7 to bark.

    Enjoy your weekend, good sir.

    Gary

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    1. That sounds awesome, how was your blog featured?

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