Science programs are fascinating...and disturbing. I learn a great deal about the world in which I live. But, I also realize the limit of my intelligence. I could not have made any of the discoveries needed to understand life. If humans had depended upon the likes of me, all would still be living in caves and subsisting on gathered berries.
The conclusion I extracted from the linked article fits to story I read years ago about the steadily decreasing intellectual demands of the US public school curricula.
"A hunter-gatherer who did not correctly conceive a solution to providing food or shelter probably died, along with his or her progeny, whereas a modern Wall Street executive that made a similar conceptual mistake would receive a substantial bonus and be a more attractive mate. Clearly extreme selection is a thing of the past."
Saying of the Day
The instability of human knowledge is one of our few certainties.
Almost everything we know we know incompletely at best.
And almost nothing we are told remains the same when retold.
Jane Malcolm, The New Yorker
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.