Samantha Schermanhorn and Kaylie George,
both 13, have recently, and rather unwittingly, proved that the human species
is not an intelligent one. Indeed, their action does suggest that some humans
are less intelligent than a typical wild animal.
Samantha Schermanhorn and Kaylie George
decided to go sunbathing recently. Now, you might think there is nothing
particularly stupid about sunbathing (apart from the risk of skin
cancer)...except that Samantha Schermanhorn and Kaylie George had a brilliant
idea about just where to sunbathe. They chose to do so on the surface of a
rural Pennsylvanian road. That is right, they were sunbathing in the road.
Now, here is where it gets even more
stupid. They both fell asleep. Guess how they woke up? That is right. They woke
up when they were struck by a car. Curiously, this car happened to have been
driven by one of Schermanhorn's cousins. The 19 year old young man had stopped at a stop sign, then made a turn
– before he ran over his dumb cousins. Apparently, though, both girls survived
the collision and are now in the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, to which
they had been airlifted. News articles didn’t say whether they were in a
special ward, for the uniquely dumb.
Seriously, though, this incident does show
that humanity is not universally intelligent. Commentators about the human
species always speak of the “intelligence” of the human race – but frankly,
modern man does not bear this out. There are many very stupid people in this
world – people who do things a dog wouldn’t think to do. I very much doubt
whether a dog would choose to sunbathe in the middle of the road. A dog would
know that cars are going to come along and drive over him or her, if they did
that. It seems, though, that these two teenage girls weren’t bright enough to
see the danger that sunbathing on a road put them in.
Any discussion of the intelligence of the
human species needs to be more honest about the situation. Humans are not
universally intelligent. In fact, the average human IQ is just 90 – which is
pretty dumb, really. However, this should be further understood to mean that
half of humanity has an IQ LESS THAN 90. Really, there are billions of dumb
people out there...and some of them, like Samantha Schermanhorn and Kylie
George are REALLY dumb...life threateningly stupid.
So, future discussions of the “intelligence”
of the human species should note that humanity has a small, intelligent
minority, but that vast hordes of humanity are really not very bright at all.
Just ask Samantha Schermanhorn and Kaylie George. I am sure their replies, to
any question at all, would be pretty convincing on the matter.
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