posted on Nov, 30 2016 @ 09:06 AM
a reply to: MysterX
It really depends on if you're talking about intelligence, or education.
I would definitely argue that intelligence (i.e.: Problem solving, applying knowledge to everyday situations, etc.) has been declining for a
while--the more that technology and service industries do for the average individual, the less that we are willing or able to exercise our
intelligence to figure things out and fix problems with our own solutions.
As far as knowledge (education) goes, we're leaps and bounds ahead of where we were even 100 years ago, but at the same time, much of the knowledge is
so abstract that it is meaningless to our daily lives, meaning that we benefit very little as an average human being by knowing things like our sun is
a main-sequence star, or that Kentucky bluegrass is actually named that after the blue flowers that it produces and not the color of the grass blades,
which are green. Hell, even knowing that A^2 + B^2 = C^2 is pointless knowledge if you don't know how or when or why to apply it to everyday life.
We are losing the grip on our intelligence as a species--at least in first-world countries and as it pertains to the average individual.