Are children smarter than adults?

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by spuriousmonkey, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

    The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggurated. And here is the latest University of Life lecture answering the burning question: are children smarter than adults?

    latest University of life lecture

    (yes I am in germany now)
  2. Bebelina Female Messiah Valued Senior Member

    I beleive so. I think every generation evolves further than the generation before.
    BUT, that does NOT mean that persons youger than myself automatically are smarter! No, nobody will ever be!
  3. everneo Re-searcher Registered Senior Member

    new born babies must be the smartest humans then. :D

    hi sp, how are you and your gf and germany.?
  4. Angelus Son Of House Ravenhearte Registered Senior Member

    No, though some children are smarter than most adults. And sometimes smart children are born to stupid parents. So in some situations it may appear that children are smarter than adults. On average it's about equal.
  5. Angelus Son Of House Ravenhearte Registered Senior Member

    note: the above information was based on personal opinion and observance and not on any actual statistical analysis.
  6. Microzoft Registered Senior Member

    Careful could be right!

    Well, it is a very subjective dilemma. For those of you “Adults” that think that children are smarter then you. I just have to agree entirely with you!:p
  7. Raithere plagued by infinities Valued Senior Member

    What a silly question; of course children are smarter than adults.

    For instance, I don't know any children that have a mortgage, a job, a wife, and children.

  8. spookz Banned Banned

    holy cow
    its microzoft!
  9. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

  10. Microzoft Registered Senior Member

    Hi Spookz...

    Sorry mate, I just got out on bail.:D
  11. river-wind Valued Senior Member

    Native Americans believe that young kids are closer to the spirit world than a middle-aged person, so they have a certain level of spiritual knowledge than their parents. At least until they turn six or so, when they have been here for so long that they have lost touch with the spirit realm.

    From the evolutionary perspective, overall, yes, each generation should be smarter than the last. However, is is based on survival of the fittest, where individuals who are slightly smarter are also more likely to reproduce. Social interaction interfeaces with this basic concept, allowing two individuals to mate and have offspring from reasons other than fitness (similar social levels, similar physical or mental differences, alcohol, etc). So it's impossible to say that kids are smarter than their parents, or to say that someone younger than you will be smarter. overall, it is very likely that I am smarter than someone born in 10,000 years ago, however, intelligence (as a genetically inherited item, IME) is going to be very hard to measure as a seperate item from knowledge.
    Knowledge is based on what is already known; by learning from your elders, you can avoid having to spend the time repeating their mistakes, freeing up your time for trying out new stuff. In this area, yes every generation is more knowledgable than the last, as lessons can be passed from one generation to the next. The written word is a big part of this, allowing for the retention of knowledge which people had forgotten, so it can be re-discovered, instead of re-learned from scratch.

    Are people better off for all this knowledge? THat's open for debate. I know alot more stupid people who are happy than I do smart people who are happy. The ability to be lost in glee seems directly tied to the ability to be unaware.

    I didn't read the link yet, sorry if this is redundant info. I'll read the article once I get home tonight.

    edit: I just read the article: and interesting theory :D
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2003
  12. Microzoft Registered Senior Member

    I can follow that! Particularly from the angle or assumption of rebirth or
    Reincarnation, I guess it takes some years before we lose touch on where we were parked before our parents had an orgasm.

    You make an interesting point River-Wind and I’m glad that you don’t fall in the “Adult” category that think children are smarter then them.

    ...But there’s some truth on that Native American believe, when we are born we see things upside down (like they probably are in the first place) and we spent a life time in trying to put them upright. Also, our sensitivity in the optical spectrum goes as low as 200nm and as high as 900nm turning darkness into full daylight, and it is common knowledge that during the first few months we even see old mates that haven’t reincarnated. Babies giggle to those (spirits) while they communicate in thoughts and joke about the new assignment.

    With this assumption we could suggest that the more stupid the more happy. Therefore the masses are stupidly happy! …I’m extremely sad.;) You are mixing with the wrong crowd:(
  13. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

    Ignorance is bliss .....they say.
  14. snakeovich Registered Member


    jes my child is smarter than meeeeee, he has a big head compared to his body so that means he is smart right? all little have big heads so they are superior
  15. Angelus Son Of House Ravenhearte Registered Senior Member

    Realizing that hopefully english isn't your first language, still that post makes me have to agree that indeed your child is most likely smarter than you. At least one can hope.
  16. thefountainhed Fully Realized Valued Senior Member

    good post.

    How can children be more intelligent than their adult conter-parts? what age ranges?

    Subsequent generations have more knowledge as already mentioned by river-wind. Overall however, I think too many variables exist that since civilization first started in the nile valley and mesopotatmia, human intelligence has been relatively unchanged.
  17. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

    As always, children can be more intelligent than their adult counterparts by applying selective criteria. An adult will favour adult criteria, such as knowledge and wisdom.

    A child can merely point out its superior creativity, flexibility and capability for learning. They never do of course, since they are supposed to respect the adults and the adults seem easily superior to them in the field of intelligence since the entire educational system seems to be mostly based on adult criteria. Hence a teacher easily seems superior to its students.
  18. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

    I believe that parents try to teach their children things they want them to learn to not make the same errors that they did. By teaching children as much as possible that the adults have learned eventually the children will become smarter but not necessarily wiser than their parents. Today however the rich people are getting “better” educations which keep them in control of the business and professional worlds.

    Many countries don’t have good educational systems like in Africa and certain South American countries. When only the few get education then the many become left behind and ignorant of just how things really work. That is why public education is at least helping some people to try to keep up with what is happening around them and to get a better job and earn more money to rise up in the world of business.
  19. curioucity Unbelievable and odd Registered Senior Member

    They have much space to think about everything
  20. spuriousmonkey Banned Banned

    capitalistic swines...


    off with the heads!

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