by Eric Blair
March 18, 2012
In his controversial book
The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil speaks of a
time in the very near future when human intelligence will be
amplified by thousands of times current abilities with artificial
super humans will far outpace those without
implants, Kurzweil admits that average humans will
exponentially evolve their cognitive ability naturally in an attempt
to keep pace.
We may be seeing signs of this evolution
now, where increasing numbers of children are being labeled with
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
What if this "disorder" was actually an adaptive measure to the
"information age" to help children organize and process large sums
of information quickly without obsessing on meaningless details?
A new research study seems to suggest
that this may be the case. The study concluded that children who
have wandering minds may indeed have sharper problem solving
abilities and better multi-tasking skills.
Daniel Levinson, a psychologist at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States, said
that those with higher working memory capacity reported 'more
mind wandering during these simple tasks', but their performance
did not suffer.
The results, published online in the journal Psychological
Science, appear to confirm previous research that found working
memory allows humans to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously.
Dr Jonathan Smallwood, of the Max Planck Institute for Human
Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig, Germany, said:
this study seems to suggest is that, when circumstances for the
task aren’t very difficult, people who have additional working
memory resources deploy them to think about things other than
what they’re doing.'
Though the study wasn't specifically
designed for people diagnosed with ADHD, its primary symptom of
"wandering minds" and inability to concentrate for long periods of
time was the focus of the study.
In our increasingly outdated society that appears to
value monotonous focus on narrow tasks, ADHD is viewed and
treated as a disorder.
In fact, some public school officials
have attempted to
force students diagnosed with ADHD
to submit to being medicated so that they can sit through eight
hours of excruciatingly boring memorization of meaningless details.
There are many recognized benefits to those labeled with ADHD.
Here are just some of those
Ability to find
alternate paths to overcome obstacles
Able to take on large
lives outside of boundaries
Always finding alternate
routes to any given location
Always willing to help
Ambitious - you want to
be everything when "you grow up"
Attractive personality -
magnetic due to high energy
Being able to see the
Being able to see the
patterns in the chaos
Being intuitive towards
Broad focus - can see
more, notice things more
Can create order from
Can do many projects at
Can make people feel
they are heard
Can see the big picture
Can talk about several
things at one time
Can think on my feet
Center of attention
Comfortable talking in
front of groups
Comfortable with change
Compassion for others
and for themselves
Creative - musical,
Good in a crisis
Good at customer
Determined to gain more
Eager to make friends
Eager to try new things
using journals and reminders (notes etc.)
Flexible - changes as
the situation requires
Fun guy to be around
Good at conceptualizing
Good at motivating self
Good at multitasking
Good at problem solving
Good at public speaking
(See the full list
Notably, each of these characteristics
is an expression of independence and counter to being controlled.
Is it any wonder why "officials"
seek to treat children with these abilities with
You can't have a generation of
free-thinking, problem-solving, independent humans running
around if your goal is to have full-spectrum control over
society, now can you?
It seems that a more responsible society
should recognize special abilities and learn to harness and direct
them to reach their full potential instead of suppressing them with
Regardless, adaptation to our
environment is natural and cannot be contained.
As our information environment becomes saturated to the point where
minor details are irrelevant to the big picture, those with ADHD
seem to possess the modern-day "opposable thumb" that allows them to
progress while left-brained, detail-obsessed, pseudo robots may
appear stuck scratching symbols on caves all day.