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And they all think they are fabulous drivers.
Of course I'm definitely an excellent driver.



A mind is a terrible thing.
 
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My Doctor introduced me to this when he said "Half the doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class. I was in the top half."


The individual who graduated last in his class is also called Doctor.




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Woo! Ds get Degrees!

*Doctor Bluto chugs a beer bong of Natty Ice, then heads off to study for the medical board exam*
 
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Half of all people are below average intelligence.

...which is to say there are a lot of stupid people in this world, some of whom you may be acquainted with.


As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left the intelligent to become an endangered species.



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Which "average" are we talking about --
  • Mean,
  • Median, or
  • Mode?

This. Mathematically, the average is the mean. But people who say "average" often really mean the median, which is the number in the middle of a set (half above, half below).


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"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5
 
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Originally posted by bobtheelf:
Half of all people are below average intelligence.

...which is to say there are a lot of stupid people in this world, some of whom you may be acquainted with.


As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left the intelligent to become an endangered species.


I love that movie Smile



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what I can see from where I am standing, everyone seems above average





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In some of my school work, we were graded on a curve... I could be stupider than I think I am, d'oh.
 
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I work largely with engineers. I am always the dumbest guy in the room.

On paper.
 
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Half of all people are below average? I think you are giving "most" of the people far too much credit. Big Grin
 
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I think I get it. If the average = X and half are below X and half are above X, then X = the median!
 
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I am working on being average in height.


I'm working on bringing up the average in weight.



I am not BIPOLAR. I don't even like bears.


 
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Originally posted by ChuckFinley:
Amazing how many times in response to this statement someone will weigh in with, "Oh, it's at least 80% that are below average".


That's actually possible, if the upper 20% of the sample are drastically higher than the rest. Take for example a series of five numbers:

1, 2, 3, 4, and 25

The average of these numbers is 7. Yet 80% of the numbers are below that average. This occurs because 25 is drastically higher than the other numbers, which skews the average upward.

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I think whoever decided that, in ordinary English, that the mathematical words 'mean', 'median' and 'mode' can all be called the 'average' should be forced to derive Fermat's Last Theorem in an Taiwanese disco.
 
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Amazing how many times in response to this statement someone will weigh in with, "Oh, it's at least 80% that are below average".
That's actually possible, if the upper 20% of the sample are drastically higher than the rest. Take for example a series of five numbers:

1, 2, 3, 4, and 25

The average of these numbers is 7. Yet 80% of the numbers are below that average. This occurs because 25 is drastically higher than the other numbers, which skews the average upward.
I think whoever decided that, in ordinary English, that the mathematical words 'mean', 'median' and 'mode' can all be called the 'average' should be forced to derive Fermat's Last Theorem in an Taiwanese disco.
Once again, which "average?"

The mean is 7.

The median is 3.

The mode? There really isn't one in this set of numbers.



A mind is a terrible thing.
 
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Those examples with a small number of members and a non-normal distribution are technically true, but not valid to the title of this thread.
 
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half of all people are below the median, not the average (mean.)

which has probably already been pointed out by some above average posters ahead of me.



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As a cop, I was constantly amazed by people who outwardly appeared to be smart and successful, but were in fact quite stupid. That, combined with a lack of common sense often resulted in disaster.


I had an MD who'd hit a deer with his car ask me if the deer was dead. I just looked at him and after a second or two said "Aren't you supposed to know more about this than me?"





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If the total population of the USA were to be decreased by half, the remaining half would be all of them.

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"Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."


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Yeah, well sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
 
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What this thread needs.




This describes a person where I work. I referred to him in an earlier post as being lucky breathing is an involuntary action.


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