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New Study Suggests Humans are Getting Dumber

One of my favorite movies is “Idiocracy.”  It is the comedic story about a man and a woman, who are of very average intelligence, participation in a military experiment on long term hibernation, but are soon forgotten about, only to be thawed out some 500 years in the future.

The thing about that 500 year future though is that due to various social issues, like intelligent people having very few children, if any, and the not so intelligent people having many children, then in that 500 years from now future people are decidedly dumber than even the two main characters very average intelligence.  They are essentially the smartest people alive.  Trust me, it is very funny in its satire, and I recommend those who haven’t seen it to check it out some time.

What’s not so funny though is that according to a new study published in the journal “Trends in Genetics” says that the human race may in fact be getting dumber.

Gerald Crabtree, a researcher at Stanford University, and the author of this study, believes that the drive for humans to increase their intelligence — evolutionary speaking — was pushed along by our need for survival.  However, once the human race began to settle into dense agricultural settlements, then that evolutionary drive for increased intelligence was diminished, if not outright stopped; and it has been downhill ever since.

Of course there are counter arguments to this study.  Psychologist Thomas Hills, says that the fact that there was no Stephen Hawking 200,000 years ago shows that we are in fact getting smarter.

I don’t know, all I have to do is look at what are the popular TV  shows, or have a conversation with some people every once and awhile for me to think both “Idiocracy” and this study might just on to something.