Human intelligence is declining according to Stanford geneticist

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http://rt.com/usa/news/intelligence-stanford-years-fragile-531/

Ever can’t help but think you’re surrounded by idiots? A leading scientist at Stanford University thinks he has the answer, and the bad news is things aren’t likely to get any better.

Dr. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist at Stanford, has published a study that he conducted to try and identify the progression of modern man’s intelligence. As it turns out, however, Dr. Crabtree’s research led him to believe that the collective mind of mankind has been on more or a less a downhill trajectory for quite some time.

According to his research, published in two parts starting with last year’s ‘Our fragile intellect. Part I,’ Dr. Crabtree thinks unavoidable changes in the genetic make-up coupled with modern technological advances has left humans, well, kind of stupid. He has recently published his follow-up analysis, and in it explains that of the roughly 5,000 genes he considered the basis for human intelligence, a number of mutations over the years has forced modern man to be only a portion as bright as his ancestors.

“New developments in genetics, anthropology and neurobiology predict that a very large number of genes underlie our intellectual and emotional abilities, making these abilities genetically surprisingly fragile,” he writes in part one of his research. “Analysis of human mutation rates and the number of genes required for human intellectual and emotional fitness indicates that we are almost certainly losing these abilities,” he adds in his latest report.

From there, the doctor goes on to explain that general mutations over the last few thousand years have left mankind increasingly unable to cope with certain situations that perhaps our ancestors would be more adapted to.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2000–6000 years ago. The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile.”

According to the doctor, humans were at their most intelligent when “every individual was exposed to nature’s raw selective mechanisms on a daily basis.” Under those conditions, adaption, he argued, was much more of a matter than fight or flight. Rather, says the scientists, it was a sink or swim situation for generations upon generations.

“We, as a species, are surprisingly intellectually fragile and perhaps reached a peak 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” he writes. “If selection is only slightly relaxed, one would still conclude that nearly all of us are compromised compared to our ancient ancestors of 3,000 to 6,000 years ago.”

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are we are smarter than 6000 years ago?..they had great minds who could read the stars and knew maths..they made pyramids back then..we cant copy that now to that sort of precision..we had to use our minds for everything to live and survive..we have better technology now but whats that mean for human brain development?..i think hes probably correct..

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15 Responses to “Human intelligence is declining according to Stanford geneticist”

  1. May I suggest you rent out the movie ‘Idiocracy’?
    The way things are going, and from I see and hear from day to day, I think so, yes, humankind is going backwards and getting dumber. :-\

    • Captain Caveman 1 week ago
      I’ve been online for the past 12 years, in that time I have gotten to know hundreds if not thousands of Americans. They are without doubt the dumbest mother fuckers in the universe….bar none.

  2. we are being dumbed down. its our educational system, our society, not genetics.

    2nd year indonsesian kids are the level of year 5 australian kids. i know, my aussie kids have played with their indonesian cousins in indonesia. the difference is absolutely stunning.

  3. also, if he was correct, then remote tribes in the amazon, asia, northern europe, and africa would display outstanding inteligence..

    ive seen no evidence that they do. if fact they are dumb as shit beetles. so i call, BULLSHIT!!

    • they may have had better used minds though..thats what i sort of gleaned out of it..now we sit and use a pc for anything or a calculator

  4. neither man was a monkey or the pyramids or the reading of the stars that were made thousands of years ago, humans did, but many humans collaborated with teachers. And neither we are smarter or more stupid, we’re just more controlled by evil. by those bad, by the usurpers of knowledge, knowledge that teachers left worldwide, carved in stone, to humans. Teachers, knew what was going to happen, and many of them were killed by the usurpers, almost everyone, when they arrived with their weapons of mass destruction. for granted, also thousands of followers of these teachers of kindness and of all sciences. lucifer and his followers left entire villages razed, worldwide

  5. i believe our greatest scientific achievements are hidden deep in the bowels of area 51 and simmilar research facillities.

    our greatest achivements are hidden. our greatest brains are taken from universities. hidden away, our greatest minds create wonders to build the property and power for the corporate elite and the world elite in power.

    there are secret studies going on in science, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, mechanical engineering, harmonics, metallurgy, alchemy, physics, military strategy and weaponry, aeronautical engineering ect.

    there have been huge advances, breakthroughs, all hidden, a secret. so successfully have they been kept secret, we have nothing even to compare to ancient times as our greatest achievements!!

    we arent dumb. just lied to.

  6. Well look at the education system. It’s not about making geniuses. There is a lot more stupid people now than ever. They want us stupid so we can’t figure things out.

    • i lean towards that as well..

      • Most of the kids that do poorly in school, particularly the ones that are poor, and not rich, they know what the schools are doing to them. I figured it out in middle school. It basically sets you up to just bend over and take it. There is a reason teachers flat out call you stupid, they want to create the perfect slave for the system.

        There’s a lot of kids that do poorly in school that turn out to be geniuses, and there’s a lot that did excellent in school that turn out to be morons. Hell Abraham Lincoln only went to school for 50 weeks. George Washington only went for 2 years.

        Schooling is a joke. I learned more after I quit than i did in all those years I wasted.

      • schooling doesn’t set you up for the big bad world..it can teach you basics..but life skills become the most important tool i reckon..

  7. I agree seek, it don’t set you up at all. Just tells you to bend over and take it, and that if you get fucked over, just take it and move on.

    It’s even worse now than it was when I went to school.

  8. text books, could pull the most, because they are full of lies. including those of the universities.
    I told this to Michael Jackson, on June 28, 2008. then he told me that if he could, he would eliminate the books he wrote. I had told Michael that I worked to write real life: the truth. he told me he could not tell the truth. I replied to him that always can tell the truth. And I would realize one day, why he had not told the truth.
    But the damage is done. and although it was very painful, I have forgiven Michael. was a mistake of a man in love, and the pressure and influence of their environment. greed, envy … the Illuminati, who knew a lot of Michael and me …
    Now, my mind is clear. Michael, my great, friend in heaven. and I hope that my love, best friend that Michael had on earth, also have forgiven Michael.
    the true sciences are written in stone. That is what these celestial teachers left us. and the architect was Jesus, while still on earth he did not have the name of Jesus.
    and in the history books, there is not a truth, including the current story.
    they transform the story to be devoid of truth.

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