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Comment: Re:Doh! Natural Selection (Score 1) 385

by the_skywise (#49500829) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Intelligence is a weaker selection trait in the wild then, say, strength, stamina, endurance and mate attraction.

It only becomes worthwhile once you have a stable society and can then pursue such "luxuries" and, even then, it appears to take thousands of years to become critical to society in general and, even now, it's still not considered a "desirable" trait for mate attraction...

Comment: Ima gonna haveta disagree.. (Score 1) 53

by the_skywise (#49500795) Attached to: Resistance To Antibiotics Found In Isolated Amazonian Tribe

I think it's more likely that the antibiotic resistance microbes found their way in from the ecosystem polluted by the even distant civilization rather than "developed" spontaneously on their own (though that's obviously possible)

If we're to believe that climate change is a worldwide phenomenon caused by concentrated/isolated pollution sources it's not that farfetched to believe there's a similar mechanism for antibiotic resistant bacteria developed in a "civilized" area to find its way to uncivilized areas (animals, insects, water sources, etc)

Comment: The problem isn't intelligence - per se (Score 4, Insightful) 385

by the_skywise (#49500387) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

(See? I used per se, so I'm... oh never mind...)

Intelligence and being highly observant are great skills both in society and from an evolutionary/survivalist standpoint.

But in a society I've found it brings up two downsides:

Guilt, because your intelligence allows you to avoid pain or achieve a higher level of comfort in society. You weren't "superman" you just made rational choices based upon your understanding of how the system works and now your friends and family are suffering because they didn't and you want to help them which requires more energy and effort or you can't which means your intelligence has limits and all you can do is watch them suffer.

Stress and anxiety. Once you figure out that you can problem solve and improve your quality of life it's natural, like any athlete, to grow and push your boundaries. But intellectual pursuits aren't as cut and dried as physical ones - It's easy to know that you can only bench press 200lbs and that's what you need to work on - Less so when you're trying to solve problems like familial and social discord but nobody will listen or trying to improve your company's fortunes by making proper investment choices. More to the point, I'm an engineer and there's nothing more frustrating trying to solve a problem you've encountered with your design that YOU pushed for, can't figure out why it's not working, might not work AT ALL and the boss is breathing down your neck (oh and the company is on the line). There's plenty of days I've driven by a building crew and daydreamed about just running the earth mover or driving a dump truck.

In an Agrarian society - in a pre-industrialized world these issues just didn't come about for intellectualism - Partially because it wasn't as much of a survival skill. (And that's probably why steampunk is so romanticized today)

Comment: Re:Oh this is easy .... (Score 5, Insightful) 394

by the_skywise (#49393805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

Agreed - I have no facebook account, no twitter account and I don't do the iggy either... (Simpsons ref) (Don't have a 5 digit UID But I'm old enough that I have to start qualifying my pop culture references coz you young whipper snappers probably weren't even born when the reference was made!) I've got old friends that decry that they can't keep me informed with their lives because I don't have a facebook account. (Hullo, I HAVE a smart phone and you can call or text me... Is that too much of an effort for our relationship?)

I've got a LinkedIn account that's strictly professional and that's as far as it goes I don't even really communicate on it other than to answer the recruiters or to hook up with some ex-coworkers (which I then take off line). I am amazed at how many people keep sending me personal or political information (all flavors) on it as if employers wouldn't care about that when hiring - The adage is still true - Don't discuss politics, religion or the Great Pumpkin in polite company.

+ - Apple would require users to input health data to keep using their iPhone->

Submitted by the_skywise
the_skywise writes: Apple has filed a patent requiring user input of health data. This is a logical step towards making the iPhone a qualified medical device but it also blocks the user from using their phone until the data has been entered. "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you access facebook until you check your heart rate, take a stresstab and lie down."
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Comment: A miss?! (Score 5, Insightful) 205

by the_skywise (#49256861) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV


A miss?

Are you confusing TV with watching video content on your computer because those are two entirely different things and Steve supported the latter. He probably realized that slaving PCs to broadcast/scheduled TV was a non-starter... Just as making PCs have built-in FM/AM Tuners would've been.


I'm not saying Steve was a prophetic genius as he certainly made mistakes and it's wholly possible he disdained TV because he didn't want the cable companies like Comcast to get a foothold into his control of the industry. But this was far from "a miss".

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