No, we are getting smarter all the time.
I'm too stupid to answer this question.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"--FDR
"Be the Dream"--alphieb
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor". --Truman Capote
In certain aspects, we are gaining and advancing our knowledge and developing and testing new ideas and theories. In other aspects we have retarded some base skills that prior generations of our ancestors would hang their heads in shame, if they could see us now.
We might be able to teach more and more people physics and advanced algebras, but at the same time, the number of people that can balance their checking account is dwindling. We might have a more educated populace in regards to understanding the basics of evolution, yet the number of people that would die if lost in the wilderness on their own would be staggering.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
Being the avid reader and a bit of a history buff that I am I have seen many references threw history in which the speaker/writer has commented on later generations. The trend in opinion seems to be each generation surpasses the previous generation in stupidity.
Personally I do not believe this to be the case but rather as we get older and wiser we see the idiocy of youth, the same youth and idiocy we were once guilty of. Overall I do not think we are increasing or decreasing in intelligence to any great degree.
IMO there is much more of an anti-intellectual sentiment than ever in my lifetime, and many people treat ignorance as a virtue.
Who left the fridge open?
Personally, I feel that, overall, people are less wise/smart now when compared to their level of wisdom/intelligence any given period of time ago.
But this could well be because of my own lack of wisdom/intelligence.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
No, smarter. Definitely getting smarter.Are humans getting dumber?
Humanity is in a very accelerated phase of evolution right now, and has been for about 200 years.
We're not getting dumber; but today everybody's opinion can be heard some way or another, not just the opinion of the elite, so it might seem to some people that we're getting dumber when in fact we're just getting more vocal.
I'm getting to that age where such obserations almost come with the territory. I mean, nobody talks about crotchety YOUNG men do they?
Plus, I even have a theory about it.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos