Stupid Is As Stupid Does

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.” 1 Corinthians 3:19

I recently read an article in which shows IQ trends that indicate human beings are getting dumber, not smarter. These are based on IQ tests given to military inductees in several countries as well as standard tests in the UK and Australia.

“The most pessimistic explanation as to why humans seem to be becoming less intelligent is that we have effectively reached our intellectual peak.”

Average IQ scores have risen 3 points from the 1930s to the 1980s. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but if you’ve ever dealt with averages, low numbers tend to suck things down faster than larger numbers bump things up. So a 3 point average gain is pretty good. Once again, this is across multiple countries and cultures.

Better food and living conditions are credited for this climb. It is called the “Flynn effect” for Dr. James Flynn who documented this correlation in post-war Japan and other places.

“Some believe the Flynn effect has masked a decline in the genetic basis for intelligence, so that while more people have been reaching their full potential, that potential itself has been declining.”

So more people have been reaching their full potential, but at the same time the average potential for the human race is in a steady, if slow, decline.

Some also credit more intelligent/educated people for producing fewer children than less educated folks, thereby diluting the gene pool. There are a whole slew of politically incorrect assumptions baked into that one, so I’ll just leave that for private discussions/boxing matches.

Dr. Richard Lynn from the University of Ulster predicts that we’ll drop another 1.3 IQ points by 2050. Another scientist from Belgium claims we have slower reaction times than our Victorian age predecessors. While I can hear voices asking how he might have deduced that, I can say my own research in graduate school indicates to me very heavily that the human race is overall weaker and slower than it was hundreds of years ago. This is based on eye-witness accounts I’ve read of physical feats performed.

“Michael Woodley, of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, claims people’s reactions are slower than in Victorian times, and has linked it to a decline in our genetic potential.
It has previously been claimed that quick-witted people have fast reactions and Dr Woodley’s study showed people’s reaction times have slowed over the century – the equivalent to one IQ point per decade.”

“Jan te Nijenhuis, a psychology professor at the University of Amsterdam, says Westerners have lost an average of 14 IQ points since the Victoria Era.”

So humanity would seem to be in decline and a number of experts in their fields are in agreement on that point. It also is in keeping with Newton’s Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states that “the entropy (commonly understood as a measure of disorder) of an isolated system never decreases, because isolated systems always evolve toward thermodynamic equilibrium, a state with maximum entropy (maximum disorder).”

I will admit that I have read differing interpretations of this argument, with variable definitions of the terms, but I think entropy/degradation is an observable phenomenon. Things are born and grown, etc., but there is always the inevitable death. Buildings decline. Rivers erode banks. Entropy applies to both the living and inanimate.

The overall point is that there are scientists who see decline in the human race – something I’m sure will be debated – and that Newton’s Second Law arguably supports that.

The question becomes obvious: Who says evolution, the continuing improvement of man, is a fact and beyond debate? I find it ironic that the scientific community, so hell-bent on supporting the theory of evolution, ignores its own evidence against it.

I’m just sayin’.

See the article for yourself:

One thought on “Stupid Is As Stupid Does

  1. Good one…interesting but not surprising to me about IQ. Personally, I think we have “evolved” to the point of stupidity. With all the modern devices and conviences to do our thinking for us our minds and bodies have gone to mush. Sad.

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