Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Are we getting smarter or dumber?

In case you didn't notice: we're indeed becoming smarter !

Has intelligence changed at all in the era of the Internet?
Merzenich: Over the past 20 years or so, beginning before the Internet really took hold, the standard measure of "intelligence" (cognitive ability) has risen significantly (well more than 10 points). No one really knows what to pin this on, but it is a well-documented fact.
-- Are we getting smarter or dumber?

1 comment:

Chris said...

Perhaps we are getting smarter in some ways, but you must factor in the fact that the tests these statistics are based on are getting easier. This is mostly so that government bureaucrats can beat their chests and roar.