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Did Human intelligence peak thousands of years ago and decline ever since?

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posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 09:11 PM
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Human intelligence 'peaked thousands of years ago and we've been on an intellectual and emotional decline ever since'


www.independent.co.uk...



Is the human species doomed to intellectual decline? Will our intelligence ebb away in centuries to come leaving our descendants incapable of using the technology their ancestors invented? In short: will Homo be left without his sapiens?





“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC 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,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.



While some of the responses I have received have lacked intelligence; I will not use ATS members as a gauge for this hypothesis.

It occurs to me when Professor Crabtree makes this comment about the average citizen from Athens, he is forgetting the behavior of those that did live in that day and age; they fought wars over greed. I am inclined to think, just based on that alone, they were not more intelligent.

That is not to say they were not equally as intelligent as we are. We have many more distractions than they had.
Greed is still the number one controlling factor in this scenario of intelligence. We are becoming more aware of this, but sadly that has not changed much since ancient Greece was a civilization. I think someone from that time would certainly fit in here, but they would not be any more intelligent than the average citizen today.




posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 09:15 PM
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Originally posted by ascension211

While some of the responses I have received have lacked intelligence; I will not use ATS members as a gauge for this hypothesis.



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posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 09:16 PM
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posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 09:17 PM
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Originally posted by ladyteeny

Originally posted by ascension211

While some of the responses I have received have lacked intelligence; I will not use ATS members as a gauge for this hypothesis.



couldn't resist!

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lol beat me



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 09:20 PM
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Different view though! Didn't search first or I would've responded there instead.



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 09:24 PM
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lol it happens





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