Our daily activities, education, specialization, technology, government have all changed over human history. We have more time available for activities apart from just staying alive, but do we have more time to think through ideas. People have always been prone to distraction and we may have more distractions today than people of the past had. So, do we think more or less on the ideas we encounter than people of the past and do we have better answers.
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You understood the question well enough Cre8tor, I am interested in both mores, frequency and in-depth. Physical activity is also thought to lead to the enhancement of cognitive function, memory, concentration, behaviour and academic achievement.
As discovered in recent research, most homosapiens do in fact carry neanderthal dna, including when they drive a car. It amazes me how much was achieved in the past, by a smaller number of people. Someone must have been thinking.