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Originally posted by DAZ21
Looking at animals, especially the more potentially intelligent ones, they seem to be getting smarter. Maybe this is just wishful thinking on my behalf, but I'm sure we have all noticed a small increase in the flux of "animals are getting smarter" posts.
Everyone should be asking the question, why overall is the world's population getting increasingly less smart? Yes there are some exceptionally smart people out there, but on the whole It's looking grim. We may say that It's down to fluoride in the water supply, chemicals added to air or food, TV and subliminals, perhaps even idolising the wrong people. That last one sounds quite possible. How many people idolise Stephen Hawking to let's say Lady GaGa.
Nowadays kids don't even want to do math, or science. Some do but the majority don't. These core subjects are what drive us forward in our search for answers to major questions, and everything we have around us is harnessed from knowledge gained. Are these subjects just too hard for the majority to grasp, even the simple concepts? In countries like China and India, they seem to buck the trend. Maybe our answer lies there, what do we do differently here in the western world? It seems there are numerous answers to this question, but what is the major factor?
When did dumb become the new cool? The programming must have came from somewhere. There must be a continuous message being drummed since who knows when. I'm not just talking about the subjects people choose to learn, I'm talking about the population in general. What's the average IQ? 100? that's bordering on, "I can't tie my own shoe laces."
Is this how the world goes into decline? Have we reached the pinnacle of civilization, and have to watch it come crashing to the ground when we realise that there aren't enough smart people to run society anymore? It's only a matter of time in my opinion.
If the problem doesn't arise from the agenda that sees our children idolise POP culture and the like. Then we have a serious problem and a deteriorating situation on our hands.
So, the question is, is our deteriorating intelligence a factor of our own errors, or hidden agenda? Or are we infact just a corruption to the system? Maybe we were never meant to harbour intelligence to this level, and nature is just equilibriating to where it always should have been.
“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
Demographic Winter asserts that "every aspect of modernity works against family life and in favor of singleness and small families or voluntary childlessness." And surely they are right. Modern societies offer people many other satisfactions and choices outside of the family. In particular women find that their time becomes more highly valued in occupations outside the home. There are no iron laws of demography, but one that comes pretty close is that the more educated women are, the fewer children they tend to have.