Very interesting. Smartness or intelligence? Is the National entropy increasing in how smart we are or in our intelligence.
Is there a difference?
Maybe the reason that the Chinese continue to do so well is that China is smarter than we are. Simplest explanation I can come up with.
I don’t mean that individual Chinese are smarter than individual Americans, but suppose in a celestial experiment, the usual Martian were asked to gaze down upon both the US and China as organisms and select which one seemed to be more intelligent. On the one hand, the China organism would appear to be engaging in various self-improvement exercises, while the US organism spends most of its energy running up and down the street barking at cars, knocking small children off bikes, and chasing its ideological tail.
Consider: Soon, more Chinese will ride their high-speed train system than Americans will fly our airline system. You wanted to compare Chinese train ridership with American??? Compare high-speed train ridership???
As Keith Bradsher describes the benefits in an…
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