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Why Are You So Dumb?

OK.  The subject line should probably be, "Why Are We So Dumb."

This new millennium didn't find us where we thought we'd be.  We rocked Moore's law with transistor density, so why aren't we living in a more advanced world now?  What's holding us back?

The answer, of course, is, "we."

We still respond on an emotional or otherwise irrational level to so many choices.  We resist change, and cling to the familiar.  We only exercise diligence and discipline until we meet some minimum goal.  We still try fad diets.

Want to get measurably smarter?

I suspect that it's possible.  And that Piotr Wozniak is onto something with his SuperMemo.  I recommend the Wired article Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn?  Surrender to this Algorithm.

Getting smarter isn't some fad diet, though.  We'd have to maintain discipline, at some cost.
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 davidd on May 31st 2008 at 4:56 AM
As someone desperately in need of becoming smarter (in order to keep up with you guys... and yeah, I know that "you" in your title was aimed at me!), I am printing this article to read at my leisure later. I can't say I'm too keen on that phrase, "maintain discipline," though. --- On an unrelated note: is Mountain View, CA in your neck of the woods?

 dblume on May 31st 2008 at 5:23 AM
Yep. Mountain View is a stone's throw from my work. Why do you ask? Let me know what you think of the article. I know it's controversial, so I won't mind at all if you're candid.