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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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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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To: dfwgator

>>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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To: haffast

Just ask President Comacho.


51 posted on 11/13/2012 11:32:39 AM PST by oblomov
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To: freedumb2003; Mr. K
Admit it, your RL names are Nacho Cheese and Starre Buckes! (sincerely, Carl Jr.)

beef supreme

52 posted on 11/13/2012 11:42:13 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: oblomov; All

Thanks for playing along everybody, I needed a break! Information overload. I’ve been BENGHAZIED!!

Now just follow the bouncing generals, where did the Black Ball go?

(Had to look up some of those big words.)(many laughs)


53 posted on 11/13/2012 11:42:26 AM PST by haffast
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To: infowarrior

Let me posit a theory I heard 30 years or more ago from an ancient old time Doctor I had a chance discussion with. He similarly maintained that the present “younger generation” 30 years ago were brainless in his view because starting in the mid-40’s TPTB started fortifying bread, milk, juice and pretty much everything with extra vitamins. Prior to that most males were 5’ something, and what happened is now we have most males getting to 6’ and over, with strong builds. He said the body keeps getting bigger and better, to the detriment of the development of the brain of its intellectual growth. Crackpot, or is there any element of truth here?


54 posted on 11/13/2012 11:49:03 AM PST by kiltie65
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To: pabianice

Not to worry. The IQ of Caucasians is right behind them on the bobsled to hell.

Asians on the other hand seem to be on an upward trajectory.


55 posted on 11/13/2012 11:51:34 AM PST by SargeK
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To: pabianice

I think that this is one of those “use it or lose it” scenarios.


56 posted on 11/13/2012 11:56:40 AM PST by Noumenon (As long as you have a rifle, you STILL have a vote.)
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To: oblomov

“I got a solution....you’re a d*ck....South Carolina, what’s up?”


57 posted on 11/13/2012 12:03:39 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mr. K
Yep. I see it coming closer everyday.


58 posted on 11/13/2012 12:10:10 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ('Need' now means wanting someone else's money. 'Greed' means wanting to keep your own...)
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To: ArGee

If you still call yourself a Republican think again.


59 posted on 11/13/2012 12:13:09 PM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: kiltie65
I don't know, but I *do* know this much. The money wasted on the 'research' which only confirmed the Law of Entropy as we understand it, would have been more wisely spent, in researching things like that doctor's speculation. He at least had a working theory to start with, to either be proven, or not. This other 'researcher'? Not so much...

the infowarrior

60 posted on 11/13/2012 12:20:23 PM PST by infowarrior
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