What If Humans Were Twice as Intelligent? | Digg Topnews

the major benefit of increased intelligence will be that the implementation of true democracy (which is critically dependent on intelligent debate) will become much easier.

The two biggest obstacles to democracy at the moment are the vested interests who are currently in control – who show no signs of wishing to relinquish or even dilute that control; and the generally high levels of ignorance and low levels of intelligence in the population at large. The widespread inability to understand and adopt the principles of rational epistemology make it very difficult to promote or even defend true democracy.

The web is slowly helping to overcome the ignorance problem, but it can’t do much to improve actual processing power. For that I think we’re going to have to wait a couple of decades for the first brain implants to arrive which begin to enhance our intellectual abilities. And the problem with that is that the early adopters will likely be those who need it least, thus widening the gap between top and bottom of the social ladder…

What If Humans Were Twice as Intelligent? | Digg Topnews.

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About Harry Stottle
Refugee from the Stumbleupon Blogicide of October 2011 Here you will find my "kneejerk" responses to the world and what I happen to bump into. For my more detailed considerations and proposals, please visit my website or my previous main blogging site.

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