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Post Reply "If all of the stupid people were killed off, would humanity become smarter"
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That's a very dangerous line of thinking. There will always be "stupid" people. You can have a room full of geniuses and there's going to be one of them that everyone else thinks is "stupid".

Who gets to come up with the criteria for what makes someone stupid? You? Me? Who here is deserving of playing God like that because I know I'm sure as h#ll not.

The fact is that there are no stupid people....yet everyone is stupid in their own ways. Some people have more book smarts but no common sense. Some people are very street smart but lack an education. What about autistic people? Will they all have to go too because they don't see the world like we do? Even though some of them are absolutely brilliant and could run circles around us in mathematics or with computers? What about others who are mentally ill or born mentally handicapped? What really makes someone smarter than anyone else? Is there some form of device to gauge one's stupidity or are we just pulling the criteria out of our butts to make ourselves feel better? I am by no means a genius but I do have my area's where I'm smart. I can explain to people why feeding a possum (even a really good and varied) diet will ALWAYS end with you killing that possum and giving it metabolic bone disease which is something that many college graduates don't know. You have to have a certain type of food, best ordered online for them. I know a lot about caring for cats and taking care of animals. I know a lot about depression and mental illness but that doesn't make me a professional or qualified to diagnose or help others except for giving hopefully good advice. I know a little bit about a lot of different things but am by no means proficient in many of them lol. People have their area's that they're good in regardless of their IQ.

Just think if we have always gotten rid of "stupid" people or people we deem stupid then people like Abraham LIncoln would have never been around. Yes, he was extremely intelligent but he dropped out of school and I'm sure someone thought he was stupid. Or how about the band Metallica? I'm pretty sure that most of them dropped out of school and yet they run one of the world's largest metal empires that employs dozens, if not hundreds of people....plus they just rock. Many people with learning disabilities have later on been deemed geniuses because of how they changed the world. Do we just label people right off the bat without waiting to see what they can contribute? Sounds pretty dumb to me.

Let's say we just start with IQ and put a level that everyone has to meet by a certain age or they're killed. Once all those below that threshold are killed then you can be damn sure that the threshold will be raised yet again to get rid of those who the people with the highest IQ feel are not as smart. Then they raise it again and again and again until only the elite few (who are getting to play God mind you and are now in charge) are left. To me this whole logic is the very definition of stupid. Getting rid of people who's potential has never been realized or given a chance to blossom is beyond stupid. That stupid person may stumble upon the cure for cancer. That moron may come up with a breakthrough technology that changes the way we live. That idiot savant may not only prove warp speed is possible but design an engine that is capable of doing it with mathematics. Some dummie may use their talent for music to bring peace into the hearts and minds of everyone who hears them. Getting rid of people and their possible potential because they don't meet some unrealistic standard is not only stupid but evil.

Killing people off would not get rid of stupid people. It would only change the definition and criteria for what constitutes being stupid. All that would do is raise the bar and it would turn into a perpetual cycle of stupidity.
Posted 5/28/16
They'd just change the standard on stupidity.
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Hairbelly wrote:

Ah, eugenics. Is it the 1920s again? Awesome.


Actually, as far as human advancement is concerned, eugenics and genetic modification is all we really have. Of those two choices, eugenics is feasible. And it isn't a question of science. There's plenty of science to support eugenics. The problem is one of morality, not if eugenics would or would not work.

Morality = religion. Because basically, there is no moral reason outside of religion to avoid population control through sterilization. No one is harmed.

So, BASICALLY, unless you follow a religion that believe that reproduction is God given and sacred, you SHOULD support eugenics.

I'm Christian, myself.
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Posted 5/29/16
I think a lot of good comedy and videos we have and would have we no longer would have... That make sense?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.



Here is the link:

https://www.quora.com/If-all-of-the-stupid-people-in-the-world-were-killed-would-humanity-become-smarter


What do you think about this question? Would getting rid of stupid people change anything? How do you feel about natural selection? What is your ideals on stupidity?

Enjoy!!!


Maybe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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Posted 7/29/16
Not smarter, better.
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The only way to kill stupidity entirely would be to kill everyone.
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Elynne06 wrote:

The only way to kill stupidity entirely would be to kill everyone.


Well damnit.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

What would the world be like without idiots such as myself humoring the populace?


absolutely savage

*queue runescape barbarian village theme*
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There's more to admire than intelligence alone.
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The problem is that if stupid people were killed off, then who would be there to do those labor jobs that fuel society? As much as those smart people can fill those roles, they would be quite exhausted to fill that role and whatever greater role they are trusted with that utilizes their intellect. Nevertheless, it's a dangerous line of thinking.
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It is better to change the social environment to discourage stupid people. If a society requires stupid people and encourage stupidity for at least some citizen then killing off all the stupid people would simply mean replacement by more stupid people. If a society discourage all its citizen from being stupid than the stupid people would disappear by themselves.
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Not really; random mutations, debilitating disease and a whole other raft of factors (some of which become more likely when there is low genetic diversity) would still remain producing dumb people. Then there is the herculean task of trying to define a “stupid” person or a “smart” person.
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I wouldn't know then, I'd be dead.
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Let's see, hate seems to win these days! So no!
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