View Poll Results: Do large civilizations cause brain size and intelligence to downsize on average?

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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?

    What I talking about is "Stupider"......

    Normally I don't comment on people's grammar or spelling....but I wasn't sure if the title were meant to be ironic....rather than saying "Has the average person become more stupid in the last 500 years".....
    <font size=5><b>Its been several weeks since the Vegas shooting.  Its it still "Too Early" or can we start having the conversation about finally doing something about these mass shootings???​</b></font>

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

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    What I talking about is "Stupider"......

    Normally I don't comment on people's grammar or spelling....but I wasn't sure if the title were meant to be ironic....rather than saying "Has the average person become more stupid in the last 500 years".....
    stupider - definition of stupider by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    adj. stu·pid·er, stu·pid·est
    1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.
    2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.
    3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care; foolish or careless: a stupid mistake.
    4. Dazed, stunned, or stupefied.
    5. Pointless; worthless: a stupid job.

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

    <font size=5><b>Its been several weeks since the Vegas shooting.  Its it still "Too Early" or can we start having the conversation about finally doing something about these mass shootings???​</b></font>

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

    Yawn. How do you feel about the verb 'diss'? I've no doubt you love it...

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

    I don't know if I would say humans are becoming "stupider", but the average person doesn't seem to understand what living requires without the conveniences of grocery stores, clothing makers, weapons for defense and procuring high-quality protein sources. If push ever comes to shove, there's going to be many confounded starving people.

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

    I meant to add in my last post, that "stupider" is indeed a proper word.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Interesting article here on recent human evolution. Apparently brain size in humans has shrunk in the last 5000 years. A possible reason is given in the article I will link to:

    Humans Still Evolving as Our Brains Shrink - Evolution | Human | Theory | Man | Paleontology - FOXNews.com

    In other words, the need to be intelligent isn't as much of a biological imperative as society becomes more complex. Stupid people are able to survive and reproduce. The phenomenon that we see today, with the less intelligent underclass reproducing itself at a higher rate, has been present for some time.

    Please vote on your opinion of this theory.
    When a species has come to a point where it does not have to make decisions because there are too many laws.......then yes the intellect will be bound to fail.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post

    Please vote on your opinion of this theory.
    I disagree with that theory. I would have to say the average person is either more intelligent or the same. I would have to say the same, its that what the average person knows today knows about mathematics instead of farming techniques,or that the average person today knows about how to work electronic devices while the average person back then knew about specific tasks like tracking ,metal working and other things relevant back then.
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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Just because people are behaving badly and out for nothing but themselves does not mean the human race is getting dumber. It is quite the opposite.

    Because of how quickly we have access to information and better education we are much smarter now than ever before.

    If this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
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    Re: Has the average person become stupider in last 5000 years?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post

    Please vote on your opinion of this theory.
    Fox is as bad about science as it is about politics.

    Surprisingly, based on skull measurements
    Clearly the author of the story doesn't seem to realize that everything inside your skull is not brain matter.

    Neanderthals had more cubic centimeters, but much of that was insulation. By the reasoning of more space = more brain = smarter, they were smarter.
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