(Image source: The Independent)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

You may not want to hear this -- but, apparently, we’re all getting dumber.  But don’t worry --- it isn’t connected to the hours of reality television we watch every week. It’s a genetic mutation. Here’s WFXT.

“Professor Gerald Crabtree argued that humans piqued as hunter-gathers surviving by wit. He says intelligence decreased as we switched to agricultural and city life and continue to get dumb with each new generation. How about that.”

The Stanford professor published two articles about this most recent discovery in the “Trends in Genetics” journal. The Guardian sums up the findings:

“In the past, when our ancestors ... faced the harsh realities of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, the punishment for stupidity was more often than not death. And so … enormous evolutionary pressure bore down on early humans, selecting out the dimwits, and raising the intellect of the survivors’ descendants. But not so today.”

As a writer for Geekosystem writes, maybe there’s a light at the end of this dark and gloomy tunnel.

“…Crabtree, however, is hopeful that we’re getting dumber slowly enough that future technologies will fix the problem before we’re reduced to a race of mouth-breathing knuckle draggers, making what he refers to as ‘the brutish process of natural selection’ unnecessary.”

Human Intelligence in Decline, Study Suggests

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Nov 13, 2012

Human Intelligence in Decline, Study Suggests

(Image source: The Independent)

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

You may not want to hear this -- but, apparently, we’re all getting dumber.  But don’t worry --- it isn’t connected to the hours of reality television we watch every week. It’s a genetic mutation. Here’s WFXT.

“Professor Gerald Crabtree argued that humans piqued as hunter-gathers surviving by wit. He says intelligence decreased as we switched to agricultural and city life and continue to get dumb with each new generation. How about that.”

The Stanford professor published two articles about this most recent discovery in the “Trends in Genetics” journal. The Guardian sums up the findings:

“In the past, when our ancestors ... faced the harsh realities of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, the punishment for stupidity was more often than not death. And so … enormous evolutionary pressure bore down on early humans, selecting out the dimwits, and raising the intellect of the survivors’ descendants. But not so today.”

As a writer for Geekosystem writes, maybe there’s a light at the end of this dark and gloomy tunnel.

“…Crabtree, however, is hopeful that we’re getting dumber slowly enough that future technologies will fix the problem before we’re reduced to a race of mouth-breathing knuckle draggers, making what he refers to as ‘the brutish process of natural selection’ unnecessary.”

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