#1 Edited by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

Just look at all the amazing innovations modern technology has given us: at-home HIV tests, motion-activated screwdrivers and self-inflating tires. It’s easy to look down on our prehistoric ancestors for their primitive, electric screwdriver-less way of life. But one scientist says we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

In a two-part paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics, Stanford University researcher Gerald Crabtree suggests that evolution is, in fact, making us dumber — and that human intelligence may have actually peaked before our hunter-gatherer predecessors left Africa.

The reason? Life on the veldt was tough, and prehistoric humans’ genes were constantly subjected to selective pressure in an environment where the species’ survival depended on it. For humans, that meant getting smarter. ”The development of our intellectual abilities and the optimization of thousands of intelligence genes probably occurred in relatively non-verbal, dispersed groups of peoples before our ancestors emerged from Africa,” Crabtree said in a news release.

The urbanization that followed the development of agriculture simplified survival by removing some of its challenges, which likely weakened natural selection’s ability to eliminate mutations associated with deficiencies in intelligence. Crabtree estimates that over the last 3,000 years (about 120 generations), humans have sustained at least two mutations that have eroded our intellectual and emotional intelligence.

“A hunter-gatherer who did not correctly conceive a solution to providing food or shelter probably died, along with his or her progeny, whereas a modern Wall Street executive that made a similar conceptual mistake would receive a substantial bonus and be a more attractive mate,” Crabtree wrote in the paper. He also noted that the average Athenian from 1000 B.C. would rank among the smartest and most emotionally stable in today’s society.

Not everybody agrees with Crabtree’s reasoning, however. Steve Jones, a geneticist at University College London, believes there is insufficient data to support his theory. ”Never mind the hypothesis, give me the data, and there aren’t any,” Jones told The Independent. “I could just as well argue that mutations have reduced our aggression, our depression and our penis length, but no journal would publish that. Why do they publish this?”

Crabtree does argue that no matter how deteriorated our intellectual abilities may have become over the millennia, advancements in technology will someday render these changes insignificant.

“I think we will know each of the millions of human mutations that can compromise our intellectual function and how each of these mutations interact with each other and other processes as well as environmental influences,” Crabtree said in the release. “At that time, we may be able to magically correct any mutation that has occurred in all cells of any organism at any developmental stage. Thus, the brutish process of natural selection will be unnecessary.”

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http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/15/research-suggests-humans-are-evolving-to-be-dumber/#ixzz2cMFSPUUI

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#2 Posted by SwingingTheChain (20 posts) - - Show Bio

The whole worlds full of liars, cheaters, thiefs...etc...

#3 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

The whole worlds full of liars, cheaters, thiefs...etc...

And this has to do with?

Cheaters and thief have to be smart to get away with it, so your point is?

#4 Posted by Samimista (20833 posts) - - Show Bio

I wanna be Lloyd Christmas! He's my favorite. =D

@deathpoolthet1000 - You're my favorite news reporter by the way! =D

#5 Posted by warlock360 (28063 posts) - - Show Bio

@swingingthechain said:

The whole worlds full of liars, cheaters, thiefs...etc...

And this has to do with?

Cheaters and thief have to be smart to get away with it, so your point is?

how many really do?

#6 Posted by silkyballfro94 (1834 posts) - - Show Bio

I think its safe to say we'll probably end up like the humans in Wall-E.

#7 Posted by Vortex13 (12265 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathpoolthet1000 said:

@swingingthechain said:

The whole worlds full of liars, cheaters, thiefs...etc...

And this has to do with?

Cheaters and thief have to be smart to get away with it, so your point is?

how many really do?

Way more than you'd probably like to realize.

#8 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

I wanna be Lloyd Christmas! He's my favorite. =D

@deathpoolthet1000 - You're my favorite news reporter by the way! =D

So i must be Harry Dunne.

Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!

I think its safe to say we'll probably end up like the humans in Wall-E.

Well the more easy life gets, the less reason you have to be smart or to be anything.

#9 Posted by Samimista (20833 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathpoolthet1000: Lmao! I can be Dumbest at times too! xD Can't wait for the sequel. =D

#10 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathpoolthet1000: Lmao! I can be Dumbest at times too! xD Can't wait for the sequel. =D

Yeah, the prequels screwed comedy and make me want to kill myself.

#11 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (5790 posts) - - Show Bio

@silkyballfro94: That's my fear..which is why I'm a bit of fitness Nut.. Lol

#12 Posted by Pyrogram (40965 posts) - - Show Bio

No.

#13 Edited by Samimista (20833 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista said:

@deathpoolthet1000: Lmao! I can be Dumbest at times too! xD Can't wait for the sequel. =D

Yeah, the prequels screwed comedy and make me want to kill myself.

Luckily I haven't seen the prequel. =O Almost forget about it to be honest. 0.0

#14 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathpoolthet1000 said:

@samimista said:

@deathpoolthet1000: Lmao! I can be Dumbest at times too! xD Can't wait for the sequel. =D

Yeah, the prequels screwed comedy and make me want to kill myself.

Luckily I haven't seen the prequel. =O Almost forget about it to be honest. 0.0

#15 Posted by Web_Flotsam (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

I really wouldn't notice if you did get dumber...

#16 Posted by PeppeyHare (4310 posts) - - Show Bio

People have always been stupid. Technology just makes it much more apparent.

#17 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

I really wouldn't notice if you did get dumber...

#18 Edited by buttersdaman000 (9975 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, I don't agree. If this guy were arguing for the loss of...say, adaptability, then yeah, maybe. But intelligence? Nahhh

#19 Edited by Dernman (15250 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldn't be surprised.

#20 Posted by i_like_swords (15868 posts) - - Show Bio
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#21 Posted by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathpoolthet1000: I hope I see you on TV one day.

The funny thing is that people dont take serious a Time article.

I wish, i mean i have alway want to make movies, and being in tv would mean getting close to that.

#22 Posted by i_like_swords (15868 posts) - - Show Bio

@i_like_swords said:

@deathpoolthet1000: I hope I see you on TV one day.

The funny thing is that people dont take serious a Time article.

I wish, i mean i have alway want to make movies, and being in tv would mean getting close to that.

Do a movie about all these wacky news reports you've come up with.. I'd love to see Deadpool get arrested on the big screen.

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#23 Edited by DeathpooltheT1000 (11468 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathpoolthet1000 said:

@i_like_swords said:

@deathpoolthet1000: I hope I see you on TV one day.

The funny thing is that people dont take serious a Time article.

I wish, i mean i have alway want to make movies, and being in tv would mean getting close to that.

Do a movie about all these wacky news reports you've come up with.. I'd love to see Deadpool get arrested on the big screen.

Doing that would be totally more easy that acting, then i could move to acting and then i could move into directing movies.

You see is called a game plan.

#24 Posted by The_Legendary_SuperSaiyan_Hulk (10370 posts) - - Show Bio

#Swag #Yolo

#25 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8151 posts) - - Show Bio

I thinkin Im real smarter then most dese comiccvinors!

#26 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29510 posts) - - Show Bio

Duh.