Monday, February 16, 2009

The Lessons You Can Learn From "Idiocracy"

Last night the movie Idiocracy premiered on Comedy Central. In it the Army's most average man is cryogenically frozen in an experiment, and is thawed out 500 years later in a world where he is the smartest man on Earth. Due to natural selection favoring people who don't use birth control and rampant consumerism the average IQ has dropped immensely. Most people seem barely able to read, they water crops with Gatorade (in fact water is just used in toilets), the landscape is a giant dust bowl covered with mountains of trash, and they spend their days watching pornos and "Oh, My Balls!" (a show consisting solely of a guy suffering groin injuries). Also Joe was ridiculed for being reasonable and "talking like a girl", up until they realized he was right about water being needed for plants and elected him president.

The scary thing is that this could actually happen, I know this sounds classist but people who have higher IQs and are better off tend not to reproduce as much as people who have lower IQs and are worse off. I'm sure you've noticed that lower class people tend to have more kids than upper and middle class people, largely due to the use of birth control. And I know how offensive it sounds but higher class people tend to be smarter than lower class people, unless they just inherited their wealth of course. Unfortunately there is no politically correct solution to this problem, eugenics has been just out of the question since the Holocaust and encouraging people with higher than average IQs to have more kids won't be enough. We could require mandatory genetic manipulation of all human embryos but that isn't technologically feasible yet and some will inevitably slip through the cracks (plus fundamentalists are unlikely to let it happen). Frankly the best thing we can do is encourage people with high IQs to donate sperm or eggs and use them exclusively for fertility treatments. Oh, wait, it's mostly upper and middle class people who can afford fertility treatments, we're screwed.


Anonymous said...

How do you explain the increase incidence of Asperger's Syndrome which has a strong genetic component and is characterized by higher than average intelligence? I also think every time you wrote "class" you should substitute "income" because class is a very subjective thing.

ZarPaulus said...

As population increases, the number of mutations increases, it has been said that humanity is evolving at an accelerated rate.

Unknown said...

That is correct. People are evolving at an alarming rate. Mutations are happening. If you compare just things like height, foot size, breast size, and younger ages of puberty due to the steriods and such in the food that we all feed our kids.
Then again we have to also take into consideration of survival of the fittest. Not only does that take in consideration physically but mentally as well. Do you think an idiot can always win a fight? People think smart people are usually nerds (ex..Rick Moranis) but I am considered genius on the IQ scales and I'm 6'3" and a boxer.
Also....more people think that those that are autistic are not that bright, but in all reality their IQ's tend to much higher of any of ours. Just because they can't communicate as well as most people doesn't mean that they can't know the reason of life.

Besides....Idiocracy didn't hit on a theroy of class or was based strictly off of intelligence.

I also still laugh whenever I see a Fuddruckers sign.

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