Are humans becoming smarter or stupider over time?

Posted by: cludwig

In your opinion

22 Total Votes

Yes, because stupid people are having the most children

Educated intelligent people have the fewest children and stupid uneducated people have the most children. It is simple math and an expounding problem.
9 votes
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Yes, because technology is making us lazy

Technology has reduced the amount we have to think for ourselves, thus causing our brains to slowly petrify.
4 votes
1 comment

No, humans are slowly becoming smarter

Of course we are slowly becoming smarter. Look at all we know and have achieved.
4 votes

Humans are no smarter now than a thousand years ago

Human evolution is a slow process. The process of evolving greater intellectual capacity takes thousands of years.
3 votes

No, humans are rapidly becoming smarter

The unprecedented acquisition of knowledge and technology over the past 200 years is proof that humans are rapidly becoming smarter.
1 vote
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Yes, because of toxins and pollution in the environment

Pollution and toxins are slowly contaminating us as a species and such, we are slowly rotting from the inside out.
1 vote

No, because humans can't get any stupider

It would be difficult for humans to become any more stupid than they already are
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cludwig says2015-04-08T10:16:38.9055585-05:00
Sorry for the minor missalignment between the question and the "No" and "Yes"
TBR says2015-04-08T10:31:54.6700522-05:00
"Smarter" is difficult to parse this way. We stand on the shoulders of giants, each subsequent generation benefiting from the store of knowledge of our ancestors. We are "smarter". Biologically we progress (evolve) into our environment. That can go either way for "smart".
cludwig says2015-04-08T10:36:11.6502432-05:00
I agree that we stand on the shoulders of giants TBR. In a way, the work of the great thinkers before us has the potential to enable future generations to become lazy and unable to think for themselves - they don't have to when the hard work has been done for them. There seems to be the potential for humans to become more stupid over time if we no longer have to think for ourselves.
TBR says2015-04-08T12:31:50.2428431-05:00
"There seems to be the potential for humans to become more stupid over time" - Yes. Due to the forces of evolution, given proper conditions, we could become "less smart". If additional "smart" is unnecessary for our survival, there is no reason for that to not be true.
Bolas says2015-04-08T12:59:20.9461609-05:00
I feel that the smarter people get smarter through generations, and the dumber get dumber through generations. There is a middle spot in between, but I don't see it much.
ashkan says2015-04-08T13:32:20.9371283-05:00
The smart are getting smarter and the stupid are getting stupider and the average people are just average.
TBR says2015-04-08T13:50:51.5109707-05:00
It is very easy to see Idiocracy (one of my favorite movies) as a documentary. It might take a little more time then that, but concept is sound. Yes, as a stereotype that works, more "intelligent" people are having less children later in life. This leads to generational compression multiplying the issue (if there is one).
George_Lenton says2015-04-09T04:27:16.1049944-05:00
@Stefy -- Don't confuse knowledge with intelligence. We may know more than we did 100 years ago, but I wouldn't say that we're much smarter.
yahuaa says2015-04-10T21:05:02.5371853-05:00
@Rhodesia79 What does that have to do with anything?

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