And sincere condolonces Nigel, Alzheimer's is fucking horrible.
I console myself by thinking that in a few hundred years whats left of humanity will mock this era mercilessly for spending so much time, money and effort on say, sports, compared to dealing with, for one thing, diseases. 21C - Advanced enough to know better, still too dumb to bother.
No shit! We are fucking IDIOTS. One of the most infuriating things is that there is some evidence that Alzheimers may have a root that is strongly influenced by human behavior, but we don't know what it is. Because humans are pretty much barely above dog-level intelligence, it is hard to get funding to study anthropogenic roots of disease.
I've said for a while that if 10% (FFS, even 1%) of football transfer fees or Hollywood film budgets was mandatory to be put to medical research/care, the average life expectancy would probably be past 100 by now. And that's just looking at the past 30 odd years. Instead we let this shit continue because big explosions and paying morons millions to kick a ball is apparently a better use of resources.
Dog level seems generous. A lot of people I encounter wouldn't rate above a fucking goldfish. Hells, more than a couple of posters here would lose a battle of wits against your average carp. You know who you are. Actually due to dunning Kruger you probably don't, you fucking idiots.
Goldfish do at least have rudimentary problem-solving skills.
But seriously, dog problem-solving and reasoning can be estimated to range from about 60-85 on an IQ scale, taking into consideration that dogs have almost none of the cortex that predicts future outcomes and so can't plan ahead at all. IQ is based on a normal distribution with a human average of 100, the distribution mean. Below 85 is considered cognitively impaired, above 115 is considered intellectually gifted. That's one standard deviation in each direction. Most of the people here are one to two standard deviations above the mean, as far as I can tell, with maybe a couple people who are more than two.
Roughly 78% of people are within one standard deviation from the mean. That's what we're dealing with. Not to sound like an elitist prick, which is an easy hole to fall into when discussing reasoning skills, but the general lack of intellectual reasoning ability in the majority of the population means that we will probably never, ever get even the small fraction of funding for science that could significantly improve the lives and health of everyone, because sportsball is fun.