You Aren't Imagining It: People Are Getting Dumber
From the Daily Mail, 21Aug:
Are we becoming more STUPID? IQ
scores are decreasing - and some experts argue it's because humans have
reached their intellectual peak
Dumb and dumber? Evidence suggests the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark
and Australia have declined in the last decade. A study by the
University of Hartford claims the larger the global population becomes,
the less intelligent we will be, dropping by around eight IQ points by
the year 2110 - and other estimates are even more pessimistic
Technology may be getting smarter, but humans are getting dumber, scientists have warned.
Evidence suggests that the IQs of people in the UK, Denmark and Australia have declined in the last decade.
is divided as to whether the trend is long-term, but some researchers
believe that humans have already reached intellectual peak.
An IQ test
used to determine whether Danish men are fit to serve in the military
has revealed scores have fallen by 1.5 points since 1998.
And standard tests issued in the UK and Australia echo the results, according to journalist Bob Holmes, writing in New Scientist.
pessimistic explanation as to why humans seem to be becoming less
intelligent is that we have effectively reached our intellectual peak.
the 1930s and 1980s, the average IQ score in the US rose by three
points and in post-war Japan and Denmark, test scores also increased
significantly - a trend known as the ‘Flynn effect’.
increase in intelligence was due to improved nutrition and living
conditions - as well as better education - says James Flynn of the
University of Otago, after whom the effect is named....MORE
"I would be willing to wager that if an average citizen from Athens of
1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the
brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and
companions. We would be surprised by our time-visitor’s memory, broad
range of ideas and clear-sighted view of important issues. I would also
guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our
friends and colleagues."...