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Humans may be gradually losing intelligence, according to a new study.
LiveScience Staff Writer | LiveScience.com ^ | Mon, Nov 12, 2012 | Tia Ghose

Posted on 11/13/2012 10:43:26 AM PST by haffast

Are Humans Becoming Less Intelligent? By Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer | LiveScience.com – Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Humans may be gradually losing intelligence, according to a new study.

The study, published today (Nov. 12) in the journal Trends in Genetics, argues that humans lost the evolutionary pressure to be smart once we started living in dense agricultural settlements several thousand years ago.

"The development of our intellectual abilities and the optimization of thousands of intelligence genes probably occurred in relatively non-verbal, dispersed groups of peoples [living] before our ancestors emerged from Africa," said study author Gerald Crabtree, a researcher at Stanford University, in a statement.

Since then it's all been downhill, Crabtree contends.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: dental; floss; galt; iq; montana; trends
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I'd say six million dollars later, on November 7, we have proven this to be true.

I may be movin' to Montana soon...

gonna raise me some dental floss...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ialhaxhr7iA#!

1 posted on 11/13/2012 10:43:32 AM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

yippee eye oh ki yah.


2 posted on 11/13/2012 10:45:31 AM PST by brivette
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To: haffast

Nonsense! I am far more intelligent than I was thousands of years ago.


3 posted on 11/13/2012 10:46:13 AM PST by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: haffast

I wonder how this study might have been different if they had included Republicans in the sample.


4 posted on 11/13/2012 10:46:37 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: haffast

I recall when I was in college, one of our textbooks said that ancient Athenians, or maybe it was ancient Greeks had a much higher IQ than modern man.

I have no idea how that was calculated but I can believe it considering it was at most a city of 100,000 and produced so many brilliant men.


5 posted on 11/13/2012 10:47:08 AM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: haffast

Millions of people just voted for more and more unemployment and debt for themselves and their children.

These researchers are a bit late...


6 posted on 11/13/2012 10:47:32 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: haffast
"The development of our intellectual abilities and the optimization of thousands of intelligence genes probably occurred in relatively non-verbal, dispersed groups of peoples [living] before our ancestors emerged from Africa,"

Yea, I don't see much empirical evidence for that.

7 posted on 11/13/2012 10:47:42 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: haffast

Looking at the comments from the link, I would agree with the premise.


8 posted on 11/13/2012 10:48:03 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: haffast
The study, published today (Nov. 12) in the journal Trends in Genetics, argues that humans lost the evolutionary pressure to be smart once we started living in dense agricultural settlements several thousand years ago.

I disagree. The rise of cities and commerce produced an evolutionary incentive to be smart, in the sense that the stupid and gullible became poor and unable to feed their families.

The rise of the welfare state, where the non-working have ten kids, and the educated career women have one or none, is a strongly dysgenic environment. While it lasts.

9 posted on 11/13/2012 10:48:48 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: haffast

The movie “Idiocracy” was a DOCUMENTARY


10 posted on 11/13/2012 10:49:17 AM PST by Mr. K (We need a TEA PARTY MARCH ON GOP HEADQUARTERS!)
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To: haffast

....gradually?

Hah. Rapidly.


11 posted on 11/13/2012 10:49:24 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright ("WTF?: How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost....Again")
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To: haffast

“Are Humans Becoming Less Intelligent?”

If you count DU or DailyKos members as “human”, then yes.


12 posted on 11/13/2012 10:50:05 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: haffast
Prophetic.
13 posted on 11/13/2012 10:50:14 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: haffast

And become democrats.


14 posted on 11/13/2012 10:51:09 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: davius

” Nonsense! I am far more intelligent than I was thousands of years ago.”

Hmmm....even your best friends won’t tell you : )


15 posted on 11/13/2012 10:51:19 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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To: haffast
Well Duh...

16 posted on 11/13/2012 10:52:54 AM PST by TSgt (...voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.)
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To: haffast

“Humans may be gradually losing intelligence, according to a new study.”

You can expect this when learning how to put on a rubber is priority over academics.


17 posted on 11/13/2012 10:52:54 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Mr. K

18 posted on 11/13/2012 10:54:12 AM PST by EEGator
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To: haffast
No worries, mate.

The reason why human lose intelligence is they have less challenge to survive. After Zombie Apocalypse, humans (those survived) can re-evolve intelligence.

19 posted on 11/13/2012 10:54:46 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Mr. K
The movie “Idiocracy” was a DOCUMENTARY

You beat me to it!

20 posted on 11/13/2012 10:55:39 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: haffast

Case in point: Obama’s re-election.

And I have dibs on the pygmy pony!


21 posted on 11/13/2012 10:55:39 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: haffast
"I may be movin' to Montana soon... "

Lots of 'rats running around there, they're just not as densely packed.

22 posted on 11/13/2012 10:56:13 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: haffast

Just don’t eat that yellow snow, k?


23 posted on 11/13/2012 10:56:40 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

And any papers the Devil puts in front of you, don’t sign ‘em!


24 posted on 11/13/2012 10:58:13 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: haffast
I may be movin' to Montana soon...

Gonna be a dennel-toss flycune?
25 posted on 11/13/2012 10:59:48 AM PST by gimme1ibertee (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.)
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To: haffast

” argues that humans lost the evolutionary pressure to be smart once we started living in dense agricultural settlements several thousand years ago.”

Explains why large urban centers vote liberal.


26 posted on 11/13/2012 11:00:07 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: haffast

He really didn’t give any evidence to support his claims. Supposition mostly. I do admit this, dumber individuals are better able to survive in the world today simply because the rest of society will provide for them. So we have more stupid than in previous historical periods.


27 posted on 11/13/2012 11:00:33 AM PST by formosa (consider me galt)
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To: Mr. K

28 posted on 11/13/2012 11:02:16 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: haffast

Captain Obvious.


29 posted on 11/13/2012 11:02:46 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: haffast
How Have We Become a Nation of Dumbies?
30 posted on 11/13/2012 11:02:55 AM PST by TomServo
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“gonna raise me some dental floss...”

“No commercial potential.”


31 posted on 11/13/2012 11:02:55 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: haffast
Best movie ever: Idiocracy.

(Not for children, liberals, or idiots.)

32 posted on 11/13/2012 11:03:26 AM PST by CodeToad (Padme: "So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: haffast

Are we not men? We are DEVO!


33 posted on 11/13/2012 11:04:21 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: haffast
Humans may be gradually losing intelligence, according to a new study.

Well, knock me over with a feather.

34 posted on 11/13/2012 11:08:04 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: haffast

Derby was fired by National Review for saying that the average IQ of minorities has crashed.


35 posted on 11/13/2012 11:09:46 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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Mother Nature vigorously weeds out those individuals most unfit to survive.

We now protect them, subsidize them and encourage breeding.

36 posted on 11/13/2012 11:10:16 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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This calim is demonstrably false. The increasing organization of society and specialization of labor has placed a premium on intelligence.

We have a good idea of the levels of intelligence of the general populace in many areas and times and subsistence hunting does not breed intelligence beyond a certain point.


37 posted on 11/13/2012 11:10:16 AM PST by buffaloguy
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I wonder who is the bigger fool? This 'researcher' who spent who knows how much on this 'study' which only confirms the Law of Entropy,or the 'beaureaucrat' which gave him the grant to do it with?

the infowarrior

38 posted on 11/13/2012 11:10:21 AM PST by infowarrior
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The world is becoming more socialist by the day. A massive drop in I.Q whould be expected.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. It's inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

39 posted on 11/13/2012 11:11:12 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: davius

We have been devolving since the late 70's.

40 posted on 11/13/2012 11:11:21 AM PST by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: EEGator

Who’s the woman and who’s the guy on top of the bus manning the twin-.30s?


41 posted on 11/13/2012 11:14:05 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: Alex Murphy; Mr. K

Admit it, your RL names are Nacho Cheese and Starre Buckes!

(sincerely, Carl Jr.)


42 posted on 11/13/2012 11:14:46 AM PST by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: freedumb2003

Wonder how much they paid Chi Chi Rodriguez to be on the cover?


43 posted on 11/13/2012 11:15:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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>>Wonder how much they paid Chi Chi Rodriguez to be on the cover?<<

9 holes?


44 posted on 11/13/2012 11:16:43 AM PST by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: freedumb2003

Now go enjoy your Big A** Fries...Carl’s Jr.....F you, I’m eating!


45 posted on 11/13/2012 11:17:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Don’t get the probes wrong!


46 posted on 11/13/2012 11:19:01 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Here comes bama claus here comes bama claus left down bama claus lane!)
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To: pabianice

SECDEF on the guns, and I believe the chick is the AG.


47 posted on 11/13/2012 11:21:44 AM PST by EEGator
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To: pabianice

I don’t even see a woman?


48 posted on 11/13/2012 11:23:31 AM PST by EEGator
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To: haffast

Are Public Schools challenging students to reach their potential?

What percentage of Gov’t funded “studies” have “scientific breakthroughs” as their goal?

How many men are capable of doing half of their own home repairs and maintenance?


49 posted on 11/13/2012 11:29:35 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: haffast

I not be loosing telljence. not!


50 posted on 11/13/2012 11:30:03 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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