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Your image, which side of the world is "dumbest"?

View Poll Results: Which of these two countries have lover average book knowledge/intelligence?
Northern Europe 33 25.98%
United States 94 74.02%
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10-27-2012, 11:53 AM
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I don't find it all that practical to compare the U.S. to a country like Finland. For one, you're just not that important.

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10-27-2012, 12:08 PM
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I don't find it all that practical to compare the U.S. to a country like Finland. For one, you're just not that important.
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"Which of these two countries have lover average book knowledge/intelligence?"

Last I checked, book smarts are only one part in determining who is intelligent. There are 2 other factors that play a role in determining who is smart as well, street smarts and common sense.

Only a small handful of people in the world are highly book and street smart and have common sense. Lots of people are lacking these 3 qualities at once. For others, people who are highly book smart tend to not be street smart and don't have common sense. People who are highly street smart and have common sense tend to not be book smart.

Just some food for thought.

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10-27-2012, 12:17 PM
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Europeans are much more worldly than Americans because of their close proximity to many cultures, they often speak multiple languages and they have access to more different perspectives in the media and within popular culture. From what I have noticed, the more sophisticated a person is, the more 'knowledgeable' they seem (not always, but there is a strong correlation).

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I voted northern Europe for the simple reason that most northern Europeans can speak more than one language and I saw/heard something this week saying that the most difficult thing someone can learn is the ability to fluently speak two languages.

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10-27-2012, 12:27 PM
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In the country called Europe.
Teach me about this country.

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10-27-2012, 12:28 PM
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I voted northern Europe for the simple reason that most northern Europeans can speak more than one language and I saw/heard something this week saying that the most difficult thing someone can learn is the ability to fluently speak two languages.
I'm pretty sure there a ****load of things harder than learning to speak two languages.

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Europeans are much more worldly than Americans because of their close proximity to many cultures, they often speak multiple languages and they have access to more different perspectives in the media and within popular culture. From what I have noticed, the more sophisticated a person is, the more 'knowledgeable' they seem (not always, but there is a strong correlation).
Yes, pretty much. If a person even seems sophisticated, they usually seem much smarter.

If you take two people who are exactly the same in every way, except one has a strong US southern accent and one has an upper class British accent, who will be seen as more "knowledgeable"?

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10-27-2012, 12:49 PM
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Recite me Plato while the "uneducated" black guy hustles you out of all your money.

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I don't think Americans as a whole are dumb.

I just think that the stupid people in this country are the bottom of the barrel compared to everyone else.

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This statement is pure BS since you can't guarantee nothing without your country. Now if you think that you have high enough education system, then fine. But by no means is it reasonable to expect your children/their children to get proper education with attitude like this.

You are more than willing to exploit all the benefits that your country gives but you don't want your children to have the same benefit? Cause after few years you don't have good education if you don't work on the issues. This does not mean that trade school should be left out. Why not improve them? I am a trade school student originally. My first profession was an electrician.

Your country falls in the top-20/30 category in education systems. Finland is year in year out top-5 and i can find many things wrong in our system and think it should be improved.

You have analogy that leaves your country just standing still. Hopefully that is not the general idea of american people.

Why will my children not have the same benefits that I had? Because I will not do an undefined something on the internet? Do I support improving our system? I most certainly do. Do I care whether or not it happens? Probably not. There are ways to ensure my kids will get a proper education, and I'm going to take every step necessary in order to do so.

That's another mistake people in the US are making. Leaving their children's education purely to the government. The system works just fine if you are supplemented at home. Nowadays kids are plopped on a couch and watch iCarly. That's a parenting problem and not a schooling problem.

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I don't find it all that practical to compare the U.S. to a country like Finland. For one, you're just not that important.

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I've heard that Finland has one of the best education systems in the world.

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Tannala, would you trade a weaker education system to get rid of the conscription in finland?
No. Perioid. But my opinion is biased. I am, although against my will, a Finnish officer and i respect the SA-INT.

Education is more important than getting rid of mandatory service. I would like that Finland gets rid off conscription but they should not do it in const of education.

Would you take conscription if it would guarantee top and equal education for every american?

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Yes, pretty much. If a person even seems sophisticated, they usually seem much smarter.

If you take two people who are exactly the same in every way, except one has a strong US southern accent and one has an upper class British accent, who will be seen as more "knowledgeable"?
Sophistication really has nothing to do with accents.

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Whoa, this must be the first thread I've seen dedicated to talking about how dumb Americans are. Genius idea A+

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I wish we lived in a world where we could all travel and study abroad the world like buddahsmoka1, I'll never be as sophisticated as him.

How will I be able to lead a happy life

How will any of us?

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Definitely impossible to compare a tiny European country with one language, culture, and hundreds of years of culture to a brand new country that has 300 million people and is as diverse ethnically and geographically as any country on earth

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In what language is it proper to use double negatives?
Spanish and Portuguese

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Also one reason Americans appear to be dumb is that for whatever reason we place no importance on subjects that aren't seemed to be productive, literature, history, art, the humanities, and most people just don't care to know that stuff. It's about specialization

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Spanish and Portuguese
I want to say it's acceptable in Arabic as well, though I'm struggling to think of an example at the moment.

FWIW, I'm an American and I'm a genius.

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I want to say it's acceptable in Arabic as well, though I'm struggling to think of an example at the moment.

FWIW, I'm an American and I'm a genius.

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I wish we lived in a world where we could all travel and study abroad the world like buddahsmoka1, I'll never be as sophisticated as him.

How will I be able to lead a happy life

How will any of us?
What the **** are you talking about now?

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Tannala, would you trade a weaker education system to get rid of the conscription in finland?
There's nothing wrong with the conscription, most young boys look forward to it and in Finland, it's part of becoming a man and growing up. Some people may not get the chance to do it (disabilities and diseases for example), however most of them wish they could serve and others may choose to do siviilipalvelus, but most people look forward to the military and are happy to get the chance.

So no, I wouldn't trade our education away just so that I can get rid of something that I'm sure I'll enjoy.

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