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Are Humans Becoming Less Intelligent?

LiveScience: Humans may be gradually losing intelligence, according to a new study.

The study, published today (Nov. 12) in the journal Trends in Genetics, argues that humans lost the evolutionary pressure to be smart once we started living in dense agricultural settlements several thousand years ago.

"The development of our intellectual abilities and the optimization of thousands of intelligence genes probably occurred in relatively non-verbal, dispersed groups of peoples [living] before our ancestors emerged from Africa," said study author Gerald Crabtree, a researcher at Stanford University, in a statement.

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No, but we are becoming

less knowledgable.

In my opinion, humans are as intelligent as they've ever been...

Humans are excellent problem solvers and very adaptable. When systems are implemented, they quickly find the path of least resistance to achieve the goals that are set for them (or they set for themselves).

One of the major problems is that any type of failure is used against the self-esteem of the person that fails. Failure is a necessary influence for the most productive distribution of human capital. For instance, I have no illusions that I will ever become a professional golfer. Because of this realization, I do not spend my time fruitlessly pursuing a career on the PGA Tour.

In academics, people will be better at some subjects and worse at others. With the attitude that failure is completely unacceptable and should be combated by lowering standards or changing grades - the No Child Left Behind Mentality - the effectiveness of education in America will continue to suffer. Instead, the interests and strengths of the students should be fostered and used as a foundation to improve on their weaknesses. For example, math can be taught in almost any context with some imagination and creativity.

Nowadays, teachers seem to have low expectations of students, and the students tend to live up to them.

I like to tell students - "If you shoot for an A, you may get a B or a C, but if you shoot for a C, you may get a D or an F."



seems to be more of a consequence of our public skool system.

I didn't read the article but the premise (from the title) makes sense. However, one could also say that evolutionarily, not having to think about survival every waking moment allows our brains to grow in other ways.

I think it's more societal. Technology breeds comfort breeds complacency breeds sloth breeds reliance on government breeds dumbenning.

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At the beginning of 20th

At the beginning of 20th century, large percentage of American population actually understood how banking industry worked. Large majority were well-versed with terms such as "Fractional Reserve Banking". They actually understood concepts of monetary policy and took great interest in keeping up with it.

This is because the country had gone through series of boom-bust cycles in late 19th century. Presidential campaigns in late 19th century were in fact run on issues such as "gold standard", "silver standard" etc.

Even during the Great Depression, large portion of the nation's population actually knew how to make things work with their own hands. This was a point I listened to on Alex Jones show the other day.

Now, we have useless middle-class zombie populations. They have worthless college degrees that do not fit anywhere in what free markets need. They are fed on genetically modified junk food diets, who sit around and do nothing more than watch NFL, College Football, baseball...play worthless video games stunting intellectual development...visit movie theatres en-masse to watch Hollywood propaganda to put them in trance...and go to shopping malls to buy imported junk Made in China they don't need. They know very little about how to build/make things work with their own hands. They have little to no knowledge of where stuff comes from. Especially they have absolutely no knowledge of how agricultural/food industry works. Furthermore, they have absolutely no desire to learn about any of these things.

According to the point Alex Jones made: Next "Great Depression" to hit will be incredibly brutal, because large percent of the population has no clue about building/working anything with their hands. All the fluffy and useless professions that were created during Baby Boomer generation will be of absolutely no value during hard times.

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It's amazing actually. Just

It's amazing actually. Just in one generation too is breathtaking and the best part is they're so far gone they don't think so!

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Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

From strictly a scientific

From strictly a scientific standpoint the human species has got to be in decline. It is no longer survival of the fittest. People with genetic defects are being kept alive through surgery and drugs and they are producing offspring. People with low intelligence are surviving because they don't have to think fast to evade an attack by predators or be clever enough to survive a food shortage. They just get food stamps.Back in the days of the cave man you had to be strong and smart to survive and produce offspring. Not any more.

Steven Hawking..

Is in a wheelchair and would be gobbled by a stray pack of dogs instantly. So you can't say that physical defects make people dumb. There's a lot of brawny people out there with extremely low IQ's.

I never meant that there was

I never meant that there was a connection between brawn and intelligence. I only meant that in addition to humans becoming less intelligent they will also become weaker and genetic disorders will become more common.

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Agreed on the brawn

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This is probably accurate.

This is probably accurate. At least in the US there has been a long time trend in US students becoming less academically competitive on an international basis.

Maybe when things are automated, made too easy and when people do not have to work so much for what they want it causes the brain to be less exercised and therefore less developed.

A good example would be the use of calculators. Studying math without calculators makes the work more difficult but you learn more.

Last week I was at a store checking out, was due $1.27 in change and knew it the instant the cashier said the total. The cashier must have hit the wrong button too quickly, though, causing the change due to no longer be displayed. At first I thought the guy was sending a text in the middle of the transaction, but instead he actually needed to use the calculator on his iphone to figure out my change. It took a lot of effort to keep my jaw from dropping, but I probably still looked quite surprised when I saw that.


Remember the days when clerks had to count back your change?

They aren't trained to do that now. Too much dependency on the cash register and employers who don't trust them with cash.

I understand your point and I

I understand your point and I agree with employers who make use of technology to ensure accuracy & efficiency in the sales process. However, being able to count out 1 dollar and 27 cents should not require on the job training.


Who knows?

We didn't have Star Trek 200 years ago :)

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