Had a huge response ready until I got to this post. It sums it up well.
Originally posted by ArtOfTrance
Our minds are just working in different ways then they were thousands of years ago.
Skilled in one area as opposed to another does not mean intelligience is declining,it has been reassigned to less practical functions.
However, hypothetically, if someone from 2,500 years ago were to be reared in today's society since birth, he'd thrive far beyond the average imo.
He'd be more genetically pure (like a purebred horse) and his brain would be wired more towards survival, domination, and understanding the
surrounding world. His genes and brain development wouldn't be totally effed up from generations of GMO, toxic air, vaccines etc. too.
To address some other issues:
1) Rape, murder, etc., have more to do with behavioral and cultural factors than with innate intelligence.
2) The Industrial Revolution is the culmination of the work from generations. Each successor adding a piece to the puzzle, if you will, but not many
ever understanding the whole puzzle. E.g. Many of you know how to turn on a computer, type, and surf the net, but do you know how to build a computer
and how it operates? So, again, it's not really a great example to prove we're more intelligent than the ancients.
3) Education /=/ innate intelligence. Just because more of us today know how to read doesn't mean those ancients would have been incapable of reading.
They could figure out how to map our planet's course in the galaxy for 5,000 years so far - so they were "educated" in ways we have lost and can
barely use computers to conceptually understand. And, even then, we don't know how they did what they did, like Balbek or the Pyramids of Giza. How
can people create such things without having the need to write down the process or record it? They had knowledge beyond our framework.
4) I think fluoride, toxic air, gene altering chemicals, brain damaging vaccines, and a culture that admires idiocy have more to do with the decline
in critical thinking and brain usage than natural selection. Or perhaps avoiding such things IS part of modern natural selection? Pretty sick
edit on 14-11-2012 by MasonicFantom because: (no reason given)