Okay, so the modern workplace isn’t just about wasting our time, it’s also about eating away our brains. They say it takes a village to raise a child, I say it takes a well-oiled civilization to ruin one.
Objectives Shift work, like chronic jet lag, is known to disrupt workers’ normal circadian rhythms and social life, and to be associated with increased health problems (eg, ulcers, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, breast cancer, reproductive difficulties) and with acute effects on safety and productivity. However, very little is known about the long-term consequences of shift work on cognitive abilities. The aim of this study was to assess the chronicity and reversibility of the effects of shift work on cognition.
Methods We conducted a prospective cohort study of 3232 employed and retired workers (participation rate: 76%) who were 32, 42, 52 and 62 years old at the time of the first measurement (t1, 1996), and who were seen again 5 (t2) and 10 (t3) years later. 1484 of them had shift work experience at baseline (current or past) and 1635 had not. The main outcome measures were tests of speed and memory, assessed at all three measurement times.
Results Shift work was associated with impaired cognition. The association was stronger for exposure durations exceeding 10 years (dose effect; cognitive loss equivalent to 6.5 years of age-related decline in the current cohort). The recovery of cognitive functioning after having left shift work took at least 5 years (reversibility).
Conclusions Shift work chronically impairs cognition, with potentially important safety consequences not only for the individuals concerned, but also for society.
(Edit) Forgot citation: http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2014/10/08/oemed-2013-101993.abstract
Shift work has been the norm at most societal strata since the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago (all societal strata except the ones that matter, of course). It’s almost like we were once a functional species, with perfectly functional brains and everything, that’s been racing toward oblivion ever since. One might say we’re the retarded remnants of our ancestors, where the mean is sliding ever leftward on a positive-skewed bell curve.
This is, naturally, what I’ve been saying for years. At this point, the normal distribution may be better-fitted to an exponential decay function. If not for IQ tests that measure intelligence as “easy problems per minute”, this would be obvious even to social scientists.
This is why I jumped on the edenism bandwagon so early (even before I’d properly developed my theories on modes of intelligence above 135 IQ). It’s an explanatory theory for my various observations about IQ. A cursory examination of high IQs (as in population IQ), even considering the charlatans, childhood ratio IQs, and otherwise inflated scores, indicates that there are too many people on the far right end of the scale. Similarly, the qualitative, observable reality is that there isn’t much difference between 85 and 100 (both are affectively childish), but there is a huge distance between 115 and 130 and an even bigger distance between 130 and 145. Tex and Nietzsche might as well be aliens off on their own planet, for all that they can communicate to anyone except each other.
I don’t think this purely a matter of perspective, and I intend to prove it once I’ve properly developed my theory of intelligence into a proper science of psychometrics.
Oh, anyway I’ve changed my mind about one thing. From now on, The Enemy shall now be described as transdimensional superintelligent illithids from space (pronounced wailing: “SPAAAACE”).