Flynn and Chomsky on history and creativity

You might have heard of the "Flynn" effect, or the fact that our average IQ is rising steadily. James Flynn says that if we all travelled back in time 1oo years ago, we would have an average IQ of 130, whereas if you transported past generations to today, they would average 70. Why is this? …

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Scientists try to predict future (again), historians not so sure

Nature journal has this piece: Scientists are now using mainframe computers to analyze patterns in history in order to predict the future. For the past 15 years, Turchin has been taking the mathematical techniques that once allowed him to track predator–prey cycles in forest ecosystems, and applying them to human history. He has analysed historical …

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The History Boys (2006) – a film review

Every teacher has experienced their own Fathers and Sons moment, where the outdated grump resists change (the cranks seem to specialize in literature, history, or physics) and is challenged by the avante-garde and often shallow upstart. The History Boys is a witty and raucous parody of these stereotypes, written by playwright Allan Bennett and made …

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