Best Comedians: Current & PastWho do you think the best comedians are, from our time period or previously?State one or multiple comedians that one views as superior, and provide reasons for the selection(s) as well as a sample 'bit', if desired
IQ: Ranges, Meaning, and AchievementThis Thread is intended to present material on IQ research that will be explored by all members that wish to participate. Arguments both for and against (as well as neutral) are all welcome. If members have further research/findings they would like to present, by all means, please do so--any & all contributions are encouraged. [Note: Due to character limitations, I will present some initial thoughts/posts immediately following the creation of this Thread]
The More Intelligent One is, the Greater Ability they Possess to View the World in DetailConsider, if this is true, how do we reconcile it with PhD Scientists who subscribe to Young Earth Creationism? If it is false, how would the ability to view the world in greater detail not be connected with the concept of intelligence in a logically consistent matter? Is there more to the picture than has been raised here (as of yet)?Thoughts?
Is it All that Difficult to Enter the Middle-Class or Above in the Current American System?Regardless of race, gender, class background, family structure/background, ect. ect, is it all that difficult to enter the Middle-Class or above in the current American system. That is, is there any genuine need to live a life of poverty in America (for an extended period of time--on the scale of decades)?Note: The Middle-Class in 2016 defined by Pew Research Center was those earning 67-200% of the median income (per household), or $39,560-$118,080.(Due to character restrictions, see my longer post immediately following the construction of this debate in order to give members more "food for thought" on the matter)
Consider the case of a Fictional Meritocratic Oligarchy found in Star Wars--The Jedi Council. The Jedi Order holds the Jedi Council at the top of a pyramid who dictate the rules, course of action, ect. ect. as the primary governing body. One is only granted a position on the Jedi Council based upon merit, typically (essentially always) after receiving the rank of "Master".Another example of a Fictional Meritocratic Oligarchy is found in Star Fleet from the Star Trek Universe.A Real-World model of a Meritocratic Oligarchic system is Academia.Are these systems superior to the model provided by Democratic Republics?"Superior" Criteria (in this context): More efficient, rational, productive, healthy, self-sustaining, "just", ect. ect.Consider, would Academia be "Superior" if it were shifted from the current Meritocratic Oligarchic model to an open Democracy?Thoughts?
The Self-Contradictory Nature of Both the Left and RightA huge problem with the typical talk surrounding the Left-Right dynamic is that the many of the positions/views on both sides are self-contradictory and often highly out of step with theory. (Note: Due to character limitations, the description will be expanded upon in my post immediately following the creation of this debate)
Is Intelligence Mostly Innate or Nurtured? Now, it is near common knowledge that there is some level of intricate interplay between innate abilities and nurturing. However, which one plays a larger role? Please post your thoughts on the side that you feel is more responsible for various levels of intelligence in the Human population. If you are of the persuasion that it is 50-50, than please come down on either side or both sides of the debate when posting. Also, do you object to the framing of this question?--and rather feel that there is more to be discussed than explored here? Please indicate as such if you deem this to be the case while stating your reasoning. Note: We are strictly discussing Human intelligence, as the innate differences between a Human and a frog are rather obvious/trivial to reasonably conclude/suppose.
Society does not necessarily always value rational things, and others are able to profit tremendously off of the stupidity/ignorance/ect. of the masses that support it. Examples of this are Musicians, actors, athletes, ect. ect. that in a rational society, are definitely not necessarily more deserving than an Engineer for instance (as our modern world is based on Science and Tech, not Rap/Justin Beiber-type Pop music, Kim Kardashian's ass, ect. ect).Do you see any problems with this, or do you believe that the Market is the best determining agent in matters such as this?