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Human race is losing inteligence.


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#1    Professor T

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:27 AM

Every time I have to fight some gawmless cross-eye'd subway caterer who has to be told three times what I want to on my foot-long I wonder if humanity is getting dumber..

Turns out we are... :unsure2:

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Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber? Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some ‘experts’ believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable. One Stanford University researcher and geneticist, Dr. Gerald Crabtree, believes that our intellectual decline as a race has much to do with adverse genetic mutations. But human intelligence is suffering for other reasons as well.

http://naturalsociet.../#ixzz2LOpmcFPF

Edited to add: Personally I think there are many more reasons for this.. Much more than listed in the artical for sure..

Edited by Professor T, 21 February 2013 - 02:30 AM.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:35 AM

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Uh, that should be Losing Intelligence, although it's pretty funny the way it is.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:35 AM

I blame the Jehovah Witnesses. Every time Im about to get an IQ point they knock on my door. :whistle:

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:38 AM

I think technology has a lot to answer for too.
I'm a mathematical dunce thank's to my calculator..
So one as to wonder if I wouldn't be such a dunce with numbers if didn't own a calculator..


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:41 AM

View PostBeany, on 21 February 2013 - 02:35 AM, said:

Uh, that should be Losing Intelligence, although it's pretty funny the way it is.

lol.



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:43 AM

I let my cell phone minutes run out. So Im a dunce.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:55 AM

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We built our machines to do our work and voted for our politicians to think for us.  Yea we are getting dumb and dumber.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:05 AM

Nah, it just means the cast of Jersey Shore is allowed to breed.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:07 AM

hello Professor T (:
i don't doubt this..actions on our planet past and present by humans certainly don't prove otherwise
i think loss of intelligence is'nt the thing to be worried about tho
its the innate negitive characteristics that humans possess..greed,hatred,this idea of judging each other based on nothing but appearence,power over others,racism
with habits like these we were never intelligent in the first place!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:43 AM

View Postkhol, on 21 February 2013 - 03:07 AM, said:

hello Professor T (:
i don't doubt this..actions on our planet past and present by humans certainly don't prove otherwise
i think loss of intelligence is'nt the thing to be worried about tho
its the innate negitive characteristics that humans possess..greed,hatred,this idea of judging each other based on nothing but appearence,power over others,racism
with habits like these we were never intelligent in the first place!
I think it all goes hand-in-hand..
The Greed, hatred, power, race and other isms are a product of society and the root problems of society. & that our loss of our common intelect & common sence is also a result of the system designed to suppress the human spirit.. We have given far to much power to those who are in power, therein lay's the cause and solution to the problem imo..


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:48 AM

I see where the real polymaths (people who do many different things well) are a dying breed.

My father (8 years gone) was a millwright, welder, carpenter, plumber, mechanic, logger, lumberman, game guide, etc., etc. I don't see many young people being able to do that. Most of which is only because of 'lack of opportunity' and 'lack of neccessity'.

Younger generations are taught or told to 'specialize'. "Don't just be the cog in the wheel, be the BEST 'cog in the wheel'." That, in my opinion, is advice to fail.

You'll never know when your 'cog' is reinvented (i.e. obsolete) and you'll have to fall back on another talent.

Diversity is the key to survival, which is what the Industrial Revolution told us was wrong.

/smash the calculators!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:09 AM

On the topic of how nutrition effects human cognitive functions, as brought up in the article, can the diminished IQ be regained by switching from a poor, highly processed diet to a more natural and nutritional one, or is the cognitive loss permanent?

Anybody know?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:15 AM

The human body and brain is a remarkable machine able to repair damage from environmental and physical damage. So the easy answer is yes.

The short answer is not ever 100% once that crap gets into your replicating cells. Thats what causes cancer btw. Or one way it starts.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:18 AM

Todays education = Taught about what stuff is/does..

Yesterdays education = Taught how to make things that does stuff..


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:01 AM

We should tighten up our problem-solving skills. I apologize for that. I read somewhere that humans' alleged loss of intelligence and/or knowledge was linked to the fact that technology did more work for us after the advent of the computerized age. Our brains got less exercise. It was like how modern communication and transportation made some members of past generations less fit because they weren't forced to exercise their bodies as much as pre-car and pre-phone people were. We now have calculators, spell-check, global-positioning, etc. that replace skills that improve with use. On a related note, I read that today's children first learned to tie their shoes at older ages than their elders did. The story also claimed that they were behind in motor skills.

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