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Are we evolving stupidity?

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An article that appeared in the latest  New Scientist. You have to subscribe to read this but you can also read here  Technology may be getting smarter, but humans are getting dumber, scientists have warned.

I am not in the least surprised! Off the top of my head I would agree but be careful not to appear discriminatory or politically incorrect.Have you noticed how people write, what they read, the level of their general knowledge? And this is also passed onto their children. Every child has a smart phone with language that I do not understand  really. Shortcut! Everything has to save time , more time to be bored!

The Daily Mail writes An IQ test used to determine whether Danish men are fit to serve in the military has revealed scores have fallen by 1.5 points since 1998.

Between the 1930s and 1980s, the average IQ score in the US rose by three points and in post-war Japan and Denmark, test scores also increased significantly – a trend known as the ‘Flynn effect’.

This increase in intelligence was due to improved nutrition and living conditions – as well as better education – says James Flynn of the University of Otago, after whom the effect is named. 

Now some experts believe we are starting to see the end of the Flynn effect in developed countries – and that IQ scores are not just levelling out, but declining. 

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Westerns have lost 14 IQ points on average since the Victorian age, according to a study published by the University of Amsterdam last year.

Jan te Nijenhuis thinks this could be because intelligent women tend to have less children than women who are not as clever, The Huffington Post reported.

The perceived link between IQ and fertility is a very contentious one.

Dr Nijenhuis studied the results of 14 intelligence studies conducted between 1884 and 2004 to come to his conclusion.

Each study measured peoples’ reaction times – how long they took to press a button after being prompted.

It is claimed that reaction time mirrors mental processing speed – so it reflects intelligence.

They found that visual reaction times averaged 194 milliseconds in the late 19th Century, but in 2004, they had increased to 275 milliseconds.

This would suggest that people have become less intelligent, they said.

But unfortunately the older generation who are supposed to be ‘more intelligent ‘ are now bocoming too lazy to think. A lot are not even computer literate, they have to ask their children. Too lazy to figure it out!!!!!

For sale Uranium Ore – Just too funny not to share

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Iif you are interested in a tin of uranium ore you can buy from Amazon!

 

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But this ad has the funniest reviews that I have ever seen, it is hilarious!

One guy says I purchased this product 4.47 Billion Years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty

Another  Magic stuff. Been taking 1 spoon a day for 3 weeks. I can now type this review using all 12 fingers.

And another great one Sent this as a Hanukkah gift to President Ahmadinejad. Got a thank you card back saying he loved it and I was his favorite infidel. Kudos to Amazon for a great product and fast shipping to Tehran.

But visit Amazon and read for yourself!

 

Do you believe in ghosts?

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Watched a ghost story on DSTV travel last night.

Elva Zona Heaster, the murder victim, was born in Greenbrier County sometime around 1873

The story goes that 3 months after they got married the bride fell down the stairs and died. The husband was so overwhelmed with grief that he did not want to leave his departed wife alone for a single moment; the coroner could not even perform a proper autopsy. He even dressed her in her best outfit (unusual for that was the task of the women of the church) and put a beautiful scarf round her neck.

Not long after her death her ghost appeared to her mother showing her that she was strangled  by her abusive and cruel husband and had marks around her neck to prove it. This happened three times after which mother went to the police and insisted on having her daughter’s body exhumed and a proper autopsy be performed.

So indeed she was strangled, her windpipe broken and to cut a long story short husband was found guilty and sent to prison.

Fact or Fiction? Well I do not believe in ghosts and think the mother suspected the husband of murder but had to convince the public prosecutor in some way. It still makes for a nice story though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenbrier_Ghost

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Gluten sensitivity is the name of the game.

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I know somebody who at the age of 70 plus has suddenly been diagnosed as being gluten sensitive! What?

Gluten free products do not come cheap plus the homeopath (who by the way did not send her for tests but diagnosed from symptoms) has prescribed natural medicine at a small fortune. Does it help? Well, sort of, she thinks. But people will believe what they want to believe.

I suppose there is no point in sending this to her?

http://www.businessinsider.com/gluten-sensitivity-and-study-replication-2014-5

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FODMAP

 

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11 Must-Read Books For Spring

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/28/spring-book-recommendations_n_5000542.html

Just wondering of you have read any of these books?

I have the Donna Tart book but 700 pages!?!

Anyway I love suggestions on what to read so maybe I can try the first chapter.

Compassion, in our DNA?

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Is Human compassion part of (some of) the human race’s DNA? And of course the animal DNA, let’s not leave animals out please!

Read an interesting article in Live Science about a 100 000 year old human skull of a child that was so badly brain damaged that he /she could not possibly have looked after itself. Yet it lived with care for another decade.  Which means there must have been compassion to care for the helpless?

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Read more about it here 

Do you really know what you’re doing George or do you Google-Know?

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