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Thread: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Creativity is definitely a sign of an evolved brain and the mark of humanity actually. Human beings are creative beings, animals aren't.

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    This is my favorite part

    "7,500 years ago in Europe enabled people there to take advantage of non-human milk, a highly nutritious food source one can sustainably procure instead of slaughtering animals."

    mmmmmm I love drinking non-human milk from my slaughtered animals.

    They were explaining why humans of European origin aren't lactose intolerant. It is a recent evolutionary adaptation in response to an environmental imperative.

    The Mongolian people of Asia also have this adaptation.

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    They were explaining why humans of European origin aren't lactose intolerant. It is a recent evolutionary adaptation in response to an environmental imperative.

    The Mongolian people of Asia also have this adaptation.
    I'm a Steppes Nomad fanatic, so I understand what they meant.
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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    I'm a Steppes Nomad fanatic, so I understand what they meant.
    Interesting. I loved The Story of the Weeping Camel Great movie, don't you think?

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Creativity is definitely a sign of an evolved brain and the mark of humanity actually. Human beings are creative beings, animals aren't.
    I hear this a lot, but in my experience it's not true. Animals express creativity but it's either in simpler forms or in ways that we are not keenly observing. Anyone that's had a pet they were close to knows that they do the most interesting things but they do it in a way that humans wouldn't really do. This is why it gets overlooked and we assume they don't know anything.

    Also, a lot of creative animal behavior evolved over time for survival purposes, but it's creative nonetheless. Humans get a lot of their innovation ideas from nature and observing creatures.

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Interesting. I loved The Story of the Weeping Camel Great movie, don't you think?
    I never saw it. I'm more of a pre-xiong-nu/Hun nomad fan. Scythian(Sakan), Saumartian
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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    I never saw it. I'm more of a pre-xiong-nu/Hun nomad fan. Scythian(Sakan), Saumartian
    You ought to see it, it's excellent.

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    I hear this a lot, but in my experience it's not true. Animals express creativity but it's either in simpler forms or in ways that we are not keenly observing. Anyone that's had a pet they were close to knows that they do the most interesting things but they do it in a way that humans wouldn't really do. This is why it gets overlooked and we assume they don't know anything.

    Also, a lot of creative animal behavior evolved over time for survival purposes, but it's creative nonetheless. Humans get a lot of their innovation ideas from nature and observing creatures.
    Animals are sentient beings, but their creativity is hardly in the category of that of humans.

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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    OK....I have to ask.....is the Title of this thread meant to be satirical?
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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    OK....I have to ask.....is the Title of this thread meant to be satirical?
    I have to ask, did you read the link to the article?

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