Skip to comments.Seven Surprising Truths about the World
Posted on 07/15/2013 1:01:09 PM PDT by Twotone
Did you know that the incidence of cancer in the United States has been declining for nearly 20 years? That the spread of pornography correlates with a decline in rape? That average IQs are going up substantially all around the world? These are just some of the truths that are well-known to the scholars who study those subjects but generally come as a surprise to even the best-educated among us.
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“People Everywhere Are Getting Smarter”
I’ve got to claim BS on this one. There are many studies that show the opposite:
Not if Congress is any indicator.
Not in obabaville , formerly the United States of America, they are not. Smart people don’t elect bastards like Obama to lead them. Smart people do not for Democrats or Repubcrats for that matter.
Hey! That’s me!
Through our children and grandchildren, we live on into the future...whatever that will entail.
most articles have an agenda. I believe theirs is to say “the writers of our constitution were really dumb, while Obama Phone owners are actually very smart!”
Clearly, before 1960 when these crimes were rare, they must have had awesome bandwidth for porn.
You need a shave.
Looked at your link. It consists of speculation without any data providing evidence to support it.
Whereas the Flynn Effect has required recalibrating the IQ tests every decade or so for most of the last century.
It should be pointed out that this increase is in IQ, not necessarily in intelligence.
I'll bet that is 100% due to the fact that the number of cigarette smokers has dropped dramatically since the 1960’s.
The most important risk factor for cancer is age.
As our average age goes higher, eventually, the number of cancer victims will go higher, too.
"Herbert Gintis, co-director of the Preference Network team, speculates that markets bring strangers into contact on a regular basis, encouraging people to develop more concern for others beyond their family and immediate neighbors. Instead of parochialism, being integrated into markets encourages a spirit of ecumenism."
My father, who owned and operated his own grocery store, used to tell me that "Everyone who walks through that front door is my friend!"
What makes you think rapes were rare before 1960?
Rape statistics have always been a little funny (since rapes are so underreported) but statistics for other violent crimes shows that they were higher in the first half of the 20th century than they are now.
We tend to think of the past as quiet and peaceful -- in reality, the US violent crime rate was much higher than it is now. The last time the murder rate was as low as it is now was 1910.
Better nutrition and health may mean people around the world are getting smarter (and taller). Whether that will continue and whether it’s still going on in the developed countries are questions that are harder to answer.
Example: porn and rape. Porn went up, rape went down. Fine. But during the same time span:
Automation is great but how exactly does that increase the number of jobs for humans? Actually we're facing a new problem: for a small but growing percentage of the population there is no job available they can do that a computerized machine can't do faster, cheaper, better.
A bright side of the offshoring of American jobs is that we have gotten used to the idea of not having one. That will enable faster robotics adoption in America. But what are we going to do with our oversupply of human pets?
That doesn't match what I see for the entire 1950s and the early 1960s.
Porn has changed the definition of rape.
I was fascinated by the recognition that population is peaking naturally and diversity increases as a function of human interference. Both are truths anathema to the nanny state.
The homicide rate was lower in 1960 than it was in 2010.
But it's gone down further since 2010, though, and reached the still lower levels of around 1910.
I still don’t see what you are claiming.
The murder rate during the 1950s and early 1960s was still lower than today, with a couple of ties, and 2 years that lost by a nose.
In 1957, the murder rate was 4.0 per 100,000, in 1963, it was 4.6, today (2011 statistics) it is at 4.8.
I guess that I should add that I haven’t found finished numbers for 2012, and I sure haven’t found the finished numbers for 2013, so I am using the completed numbers of 2011, as “today”.
Fair enough. It sounds like somebody anticipated the trend and others assumed that the projection was the reality.
I don’t know how rare rape was before 1960, although as a kid I thought that it was much more rare than today, and could get the death penalty.
In 1961, 1962, 1963, the rape rate was 9.4, in 2011 it was 26.8, which was an improvement over the 1990s when it reached into the 40s at times, and the consistent 30s of recent decades.
That isn't what I'm seeing in the stats, or lived through in real life.
In the early 1960s the violent crime rate was in the 150s and 160s per 100,000, recently it dropped to just below 400, after growing through decades of 400s, 500s, 600s, and 700s.
A kid born in 1961 was born into a year with a violent crime rate of 158.1 per 100,00, on his 30th birthday, he was experiencing a violent crime rate of 758.1 per 100,000.
"And Leon's Getting Larger."
Hey - on teh internet, nobody knows you need a shave...
Reason is a libertarian blog. I don’t imagine they think Zero’s very smart.
That average IQs are going up substantially all around the world?
Hmmmmmm though perhaps not in California
Mark Dice asks California beach goers if they'll sign a petition showing support for Obama in his quest to repeal the Bill of Rights.
They may have a reasonable IQ, but the schools are deliberately dumbing them down. In CA & everywhere else in this country!
Very well played.
Aye, an’ innybody denies that that thar’s a faack, iz a scurvy bilge rat, arr.
I mean: just kidding. Heh.