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1,507 hits 2.3 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think people are becoming more or less intelligent as time goes on?


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12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/22/09 - 6:32:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think your stupey
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/22/09 - 6:35:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
we're just as intelligent as we've ever been, but we know a whole lot more now.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/22/09 - 6:38:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
If the current crop of YT teens is anything to go by, In 100 years the bronze age will seem like far fetched sci-fi.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/22/09 - 9:45:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Less.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 11/22/09 - 9:47:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Adults have been saying from the times of Ancient Greece that the generations below them were just so dumb that civilization was about to collapse
can you think of a single generation of senior citizens that WASN'T constantly complaining about whippersnappers?

and yet , we've made it this far.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 5:36:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
We are the way we choose to be.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 5:40:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 11/22/09 - 9:47:14 PM Kungfullama wrote:
Adults have been saying from the times of Ancient Greece that the generations below them were just so dumb that civilization was about to collapse can you think of a single generation of senior citizens that WASN'T constantly complaining about whippersnappers? and yet , we've made it this far.


I'm sure it started before then.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 7:03:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
Both.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 7:24:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Must they necessarily be doing either?

It was pretty well documented that the average IQ was rising over generations in the latter part of last century (see the Flynn effect), but most estimates I've seen have claimed that its levelled out now in most developed nations (though continues to rise in some minority groups).
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 8:30:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think the gap is growing. There are the growing number of less then there are the small group that are more and striving to make everything better. Though, I must admit, I'm part of the less intelligent group... Or I'd probably be asleep right now.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 12:22:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh less for sure...I mean, look at our society and you'll see it clear as day. Lets legalize and promote all the bad things!
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 2:00:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ow... that hurt, it really makes me think.... I guess more, I mean come on the invention of the wheel to the invention of a foldable laptop, but I do believe less in marketing commercials.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 2:10:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 2:40:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think i was a bit stupider yesterday
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:26:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Less because unfortunately less people are becoming Christians.

In a 2002 study, 59% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives," a far higher figure than that of any other wealthy nation.[137] According to a 2007 survey, 78.4% of adults identified themselves as Christian,[138] down from 86.4% in 1990.[139] Protestant denominations accounted for 51.3%, while Roman Catholicism, at 23.9%, was the largest individual denomination. The study categorizes white evangelicals, 26.3% of the population, as the country's largest religious cohort;[138] another study estimates evangelicals of all races at 30–35%.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:44:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
I actually think we are evolving into more intelligent beings, on average.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:47:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 11/23/09 - 10:44:56 PM Holy_Crapoli wrote:
I actually think we are evolving into more intelligent beings, on average.


Evolution? Why would you believe such a theory.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:48:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 11/23/09 - 10:44:56 PM Holy_Crapoli wrote:
I actually think we are evolving into more intelligent beings, on average.


That's not how evolution works.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:49:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 11/23/09 - 10:44:56 PM Holy_Crapoli wrote:
I actually think we are evolving into more intelligent beings, on average.
On Monday 11/23/09 - 10:47:52 PM BellaKazza wrote:
Evolution? Why would you believe such a theory.


God makes us evolve.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:50:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
i personally am getting less intelligent
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:52:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 11/23/09 - 10:44:56 PM Holy_Crapoli wrote:
I actually think we are evolving into more intelligent beings, on average.
On Monday 11/23/09 - 10:48:59 PM thatguy3g wrote:
That's not how evolution works.


Uh... no?

Def: In biology, evolution is change in the genetic material of a population of organisms from one generation to the next.

Genes affect brain usage as much as anything else. Why wouldn't it work like that?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:53:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
there's no real reason to think that intelligence is a trait selected for in nature
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:56:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Also, evolution relies on mutations. We are the same species that we were in Babylon. There needs to be a drastic, beneficial mutation. The most we possibly do is selectively breed like dogs.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:56:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
Whatever the reason, I think the capabilities of the mind have increased since antiquity. It may not be a direct result of "natural selection" per se, but it's still happening.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/23/09 - 10:57:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Or, selectively breed like we breed dogs.

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