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Old 12-19-2016, 11:09 PM
md2000 md2000 is offline
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I will also guess that a lot of the Flynn effect is, as part of the link suggests, the variety of media available. Compared to a farm boy from 1900 the modern adolescent has experienced so much more. One example I like is horse races. They were everywhere when I was a kid, but I've never been to one. I hazard a guess that 99% of Americans under 50 never have either. Yet, I've seen hundreds of them. The local news used to report them as sport in the 1960s on tv. Quincy went to one in every other episode. National Velvet, The Black stallion, Three Stooges, ... you could not miss them. The world? I've seen places from almost everywhere in the world, in stunning HD.

It's not just visual. The plot line of Law and Order alone, besides giving plenty of fodder for discussions here, has show how many weird twists and turns. The same is true with every drama. We don't watch Romeo or MacBeth over nad over again, we go from the ancient times to a galaxy far far away, we see ever torturous twist of any Greek legend morphed to another day. Checkers is replaced by a variety of board games requiring developing minds to think, grasp concepts and plan - then replaced with video games that demand the same and a break-neck pace instead of all day to play Monopoly or Risk.

Anything that challenges us to learn burns those synapse connections that much faster and wider. Wer'e lab rats running ever more complex mazes. The challenge makes our minds strong.

Last edited by md2000; 12-19-2016 at 11:12 PM.