The other thread on IQ got me thinking.
I remember growing up and watching jeopardy thru the years and admiring how "smart" some of these eople are.
But now with our technology.....where gameshow questions can be answered from a smartphone or tablet...is memoraization of these facts the signs of "smart "people?
Today if someone knows the answer to the question ?who wrote "Silas Marner"...is it "smart"...or is it as trivial as some who can answer "what was the name of the second episode of Star Trek". Is memorization of knowledge as important in this day and age as it was 20 years ago.
20 years ago, if you didnt know who wrote Silas Marner....you had to go to the library and look it up. If you needed to know this type of info for your work you cant keep going to the library.
What about multiplication and division. Do people really have to know how to do this anymore? A simple solar calculator at walmart costs 2 dollars, and phones and tablets have that capability. Can we blame kids for not memorizing things in school or memorizing and then forgetting because to them this info is easily retreivable.
Do kids wonder why they have to remember points in history and regurgitate it on a test....when they know throughout life they can always look them up at anytime on a smartphone.
Is knowledge about history, literature, Geography etc, the new age "trvia" to our younger generation, like knowledge about sports , tv, and radio shows was trivia to my generation.
I dont know the answer to this....just posing the question.
When I first saw computers show up at work (years ago obviously), some people talked about the eventual efficiency and perhaps less work or mental effort. In fact, I think the lesson may be that once you have more efficient tools they (in the general sense of "they") find ways to increase your workload.
In other words, if you can figure a way to chop ten logs in the time it took to chop one, someone else figures out how to give you eleven logs.
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I don't think that knowledge of trivia is a particularly good substitute for intelligence. Certainly "knowledge" and "intelligence" are different things (although being intelligent probably makes it easier to gather large amounts of knowledge, all else being equal, so there is probably some correlation between knowledgeability and intelligence people)
I don't think that knowledge of trivia is a particularly good substitute for intelligence. Certainly "knowledge" and "intelligence" are different things (although being intelligent probably makes it easier to gather large amounts of knowledge, all else being equal, so there is probably some correlation between knowledgeability and intelligence)