Toward a coefficient of intellectual entropy
Let “I” equal the average intelligence of the human race. Also, let “E” equal the entropic factor of the dissipation of that intelligence. What is the coefficient of intellectual entropy among the human race?
Read the news. Watch television shows. Sit back and listen attentively to the dialog of a movie. Have conversations with people. Perhaps you’ll eventually notice something. Common sense isn’t so common anymore. Intelligence is on the wane.
Porn star Savanna Samson has revealed that she would be devastated if her 10-year-old son found images of her in action on the internet. But, despite her reservations, the 44-year-old actress said she did not regret getting into the industry, during an interview with ABC’s 20/20 program. ‘I’m a porn star, yes … and I don’t mind that title. … It’s given me a life of luxury and success,’ Samson, whose real name is Natalie Oliveros, told [ABC News’] 20/20. ‘I was, you know, born to do this… Everything that I’ve done in my life, all the choices I’ve made, will one day benefit him instead of being a shameful thing for him.’
There’s an intellectual tension in the statement which is palpable to anyone with a moral understanding. The question becomes, why would shame have anything to do with Natalie’s cognitive dissonance is indicative of a collective loss of intelligence. Otherwise sentient human beings aren’t able to think rationally or critically. Natalie is an example, albeit a moral one. I think that if there were some way to perform empirical research Cognitive dissonance is one of those veins of intellectual deficiency which shows up. a phenomena which on some occasions people recognize in others but not themselves. Ms. Samson or Oliveros or whoever she happens to think herself on Thursdays is an example. She says she would be devastated if her son discovered samples of her “work”, but doesn’t mind the title porn star. She says she enjoys a “life of luxury and success”, but is careful to avoid suggesting her son might be ashamed. In my experience, women are generally good at the art of deception, and do a particularly good job of deceiving themselves.
Like her, there are those whose morals have no issues with such activity, and see no conflict. What of this 10-year-old boy though?
The dictionary defines “entropy” as “a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder”. It’s often a term used to describe phenomena in physics, but seems to me to be an apt description of a kind of intellectual phenomena which I believe is taking place. The cognitive dissonance demonstrated by Ms. Samson/Oliveros in her comments, let alone her identities, I contend exemplifies an intellectual entropy. Simply put, we are slouching toward stupidity.
Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone. The Zurich newspaper reported Wednesday that the unnamed Swiss woman in her fifties decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after viewing an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.
How is it that an animate human being such as herself would be “devastated”. Perhaps as moral standards are dispatched less mental energy is demanded to stand within constraints. Intellectual dissipation. Intellectual entropy. Yes, of course Christian believers are headed toward the best, but that’s after this world and existence is consumed into the Great Whatever-May-Be. On this earth, day after day, year after year, it seems not that we’re headed up to the intellectual mountaintop but that we’re steadily regressing down into the doldrums of dumb. Decay is just as much a threat to the everyday systems of mankind as corrosion is a danger to a metal’s integrity. We’re moving toward stupid at the speed of intellectual decay.
Simply put, it occurs to me that humankind is moving inexorably toward ultimate dullness. It’s a particularly prickly thing for those of us in the First World. No more interesting. No more stimulating. Just total, complete and utter tedium. There is only so much engrossing in the world today and I find it’s dissipating. How fast it’s happening is the coefficient part. Perhaps a couple of definitions would be good at this point:
Insipidity (def. according to Webster’s) – Lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate or challenge: dull, flat
Since 1951, South Carolina has had a law on its books requiring anyone looking to overthrow the government to, well, register with the government. The form to register as a “subversive agent” in South Carolina can be found here. Interested parties list the “name of subversive organization” as well as the name and address of its “chief agent.”
Now State Sen. Larry Martin, a Republican, has introduced legislation to repeal the law, known as the “subversive activities registration act.” “I readily recognize when it had been passed and what the purpose of it was back in the 1950s,” he said. “But I don’t think Osama bin Laden is going to register. It’s outlived its usefulness.”
Did it have any usefulness to begin with, other than being a straight line for written comedy routines?
Second law of Thermodynamics
Intellectual entropy in a closed system, that is without God. What we are seeing is the gradual dissipation of intelligence in a society without the God of intelligence.
“People of faith have a role to play and community leaders have a role to play in helping to protect our neighborhoods and our citizens. You cannot get there on just one piece of an anti-crime strategy,” the mayor said. “The police have a role to play. Tearing down abandoned buildings has a role to play. Shutting liquor stores that are a cancer in the community have a role to play. Community leaders have a role to play. Pastors have a role to play. Principals have a role to play. And most importantly, parents have roles to play. They have decided, the Nation of Islam, to help protect the community. And that’s an important ingredient, like all the other aspects of protecting a neighborhood.” http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/13996951-418/rahm-welcomes-help-from-farrakahn-ignores-anti-semitic-remarks.html
“What the CEO has said as it relates to gay marriage and gay couples is not what I believe, but more importantly, it’s not what the people of Chicago believe. We just passed legislation as it relates to civil union and my goal and my hope … is that we now move on recognizing gay marriage. I do not believe that the CEO’s comments … reflects who we are as a city.” http://chicagoist.com/2012/07/26/rahm_joins_growing_calls_to_eat_les.php
I wanted to be one with the tiger.
A man who was mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo is facing arrest after telling investigators he wanted “to be one” with the 400-pound beast, police said Saturday.
Police had said earlier that 25-year-old Villalobos admitted to a police officer making a conscious decision to jump from an elevated train into the animal’s den, but that his motives were unclear and an arrest uncertain.
That changed when, during an interview Saturday at the hospital, Villalobos told detectives that “his leap was definitely not a suicide attempt, but a desire to be one with the tiger,” Browne said.
Mieke Crane, the child’s mother, insists that officials at Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Palmer overreacted when another student saw the toy, which is slightly bigger than a quarter, and alerted the driver Friday.
‘She [driver] said he caused quite a disturbance on the bus and that the children were traumatized,’ Crane told the local station WGGB.
http://www.co-intelligence.org/MoralityAsIntelligence.html <morals and its application to intelligence>