Intelligence - are we becoming stupider?
Here's an interesting fact. Apparently since IQ tests were invented over a century ago, humans have been achieving ever increasing results. It seems that even the average person today would have been considered a genius compared to someone born in 1919.
That is until recently, when it might be that we are getting stupider!
IQ tests are often criticised, but research shows that their scores can be useful indicators of your performance on many tasks. Research on scores over the past century has shown a steady increase and though the cause is a matter of debate, it appears to be due to multiple environmental factors rather than a genetics.
Whatever the cause of this however, it appears the rise in IQs is stalling!
Is it because modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”? Higher IQs have not brought solutions to many of the world’s major problems. And though you might think the more intelligent you are, the more rational you are but even the smartest people can be swayed by misleading messages.
There are also more general critical thinking skills: capacity to challenge your assumptions, identify missing information, and look for alternatives that don't correlate strongly with IQ, nor necessarily come with higher education.
What do you think about IQ testing? What's the difference between intelligence, education and creativity? Can you be educated and not intelligent? Can you be intelligent and not educated? Do you think people are really becoming dumber like the article suggests? What can be done about it?