Friday, November 16, 2012

The Good Old Days

... were smarter too, apparently:
"I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India, or the Americas, of perhaps 2000–6000 years ago." Jerry Crabtree
Link to paper. And here's a contrarian view that says he's wrong (phew!).

ht The Reference Frame

But if reading's too much for you (ahem), this'll explain it:

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