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(Humans Invent)   If you score the people a century ago against modern norms, they would have an average IQ of 70. If you score us against their norms, we would have an average IQ of what's making us more intelligent?   ( divider line
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2013-10-11 08:50:56 AM  
6 votes:
What's making us more intelligent?

Reality TV shows.
2013-10-11 09:12:41 AM  
4 votes:

AdamK: computers

Everything is different, but the same... things are more moderner than before... bigger, and yet smaller... it's computers.. SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES
2013-10-11 09:01:28 AM  
3 votes:
Fox News
2013-10-11 10:53:35 AM  
2 votes:
2013-10-11 02:25:57 PM  
1 vote:

endosymbiont: As a number of people said, +nuitrition and -lead. That's all you need.

That's right, the only two things the twentieth century did to improve IQs are +nutrition and -lead. And the increased schooling.

The only three things were +nutrition, -lead, +schooling, and reduced inbreeding.

Well, yes, reduced inbreeding, ok. So the only four things were +nutrition, -lead, +schooling, -inbreeding, and -infectious diseases during development. Of course we've reduced serious infections; nobody needs to mention that!

I've got this: the only things were +nutrition, -lead, +schooling, -inbreeding, -infection, and increased exposure to abstract concepts.

Right! So, aside from +nutrition, -lead, +schooling, -inbreeding, -infection, and +exposure to abstract concepts, the twentieth century has done nothing for improving IQs. Agreed?
2013-10-11 10:40:12 AM  
1 vote:
Modern society stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.
2013-10-11 10:32:05 AM  
1 vote:

INeedAName: Arkanaut: vpb: Because we've gotten better at designing taking IQ tests?


//134 IQ last time I took one

I generally fall between 132 and 136. Though I haven't taken one in years, and I'm pretty sure I've gotten dumber lately.

149-154 here. But I was 160-165 when I was a kid. Must be all the drugs.
2013-10-11 10:29:45 AM  
1 vote:
The answer is C.
2013-10-11 10:27:20 AM  
1 vote:
2013-10-11 10:24:42 AM  
1 vote:
I might have a higher IQ but I'd die if the supermarket closed.
2013-10-11 10:23:11 AM  
1 vote:

doglover: LasersHurt: Could it be that health and nutrition, especially early in life, are hugely important?

Not as much as you'd think.

More likely IQ tests are just a fairly bad measure of real intelligence. That's why there's strong cultural biases.

Unless you get a high IQ score, then IQ tests are made of God's own golden sciencey Truth, and only stupid people question them, because they're envious.
2013-10-11 09:51:40 AM  
1 vote:
And life is much more complex now.

Would you hire someone who didnt know how to use a phone, drive a car, or operate a computer?

These are basic skills that we expect everyone in America to have.

/ still trying to figure out the three shells...
2013-10-11 09:48:09 AM  
1 vote:
This is caused by the increased prevalence of single parent households. Kids get confused when mommy and daddy give mixed signals and this retards early learning. Such as when my boy threw a ball in the house and broke mommy's favorite vase. Addda boy nice throw, vs Why you little.

If you care about your kids you should get a divorce.
2013-10-11 09:25:06 AM  
1 vote:
This is especially remarkable considering IQ tests (or at least not the simon binet) weren't even available 100 years ago.

We're so smart, not only do we know how to perfectly measure intelligence (IQ tests -- obviously), but we know how to infer the intelligence of others without even giving them this test!

2013-10-11 09:14:03 AM  
1 vote:

Billy Mays?

a twerking Billy Mays?
2013-10-11 09:10:51 AM  
1 vote:
2013-10-11 08:59:04 AM  
1 vote:
Fark. Our collective IQ is raising the bar to an unprecedented extent.
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