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Monday, November 19, 2012

Comfort made us dumber, even the primitive man was smarter?

If among us today, miraculously appeared most average Athenian who lived there some 1,000 years before Christ, he or she would be classified as brilliant minds.

- If today any chance there came a copy most average Athens resident who lived there at the time, about 1,000 years before Christ, he or she would be classified as brilliant minds, and considered that the smartest among us - a conclusion recently completed studies at Stanford University , led by a team of researchers led by Gerald Crabtree.

This study attempts to refute the new findings widely accepted view that, in our age of the human intellect gone as far managing to create some of the most important things in human history. But if lies the trap, is tucked in the ease of living a modern life has made the collective intelligence of the human race still on a downward trend?

According to the conclusions of this study, the functions of the human brain are between 50,000 and 500,000 years ago, evolved rapidly. During this period, our distant ancestor was available only his brains and armed him he had to hunt for food, build homes and protect themselves and their offspring. 

Crabtree believes that people are its intellectual peak reached before 2,000 to 6,000 years, which means that they had "a good memory, a wide range of new ideas and a very clear idea of ​​what are the most important issues of his time."

The Stanford researchers found that the advances in technology and medicine masquerading "downward trend of our intellect" and that he will continue in the future.

In other words, natural selection was the one who dictated that only the smartest can survive. Because the people who are in that period of extension were smart enough to kill their prey or escape to become hunted themselves, they just died.
Crabtree theory provoked many reactions. Critics argue that the modern human brain power "split" into many different types of intelligence and that is the reason why modern man can write poetry and to destroy atoms, with equal success. 


Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist at the University
Oxford, research refutes the allegations, arguing that the theory of decreasing collective intellect made ​​the wrong attitude. Because our intellect is not only designed to enable us to build a house or a bow and arrow bargain hunting wild boar. This leads humanity forward and causes the development of the intellect is the complexity of our social world that have always existed and will exist until the end of civilization. 

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