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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    What are your thoughts on this subject?
    What's your reasoning behind the question? With technology and education, I believe we are getting more advanced.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    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.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    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.

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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    IMO there is much more of an anti-intellectual sentiment than ever in my lifetime, and many people treat ignorance as a virtue.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    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.
    I don't know about that. It seems to me that it is possible to be older and none the wiser, or younger and wiser than some other younger persons. It all depends on what specific situation you are speaking of.

    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.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Are humans getting dumber?
    No, smarter. Definitely getting smarter.
    Humanity is in a very accelerated phase of evolution right now, and has been for about 200 years.

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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    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.

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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    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.
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    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.
    Hmm.

    I never thought of it that way...
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    Re: Are humans getting dumber?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    What are your thoughts on this subject?
    I don't think I am getting dumber but perhaps you are. I'll be waiting for your next poll to pronounce a definitive judgement

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