In the News (from DailyMail): “Now, in a provocative theory, a team from Stanford University claim we are losing our intellectual and emotional capabilities because the intricate web of genes which endows us with our brain power is particularly vulnerable to mutations – and these mutations are not being selected against our modern society because we no longer need intelligence to survive. But we shouldn’t lose any sleep over our diminishing brain power – as by the time it becomes a real problem technology will have found a solution making natural selection obsolete. Also, recent findings from neuroscience suggest that genes involved in brain function are uniquely susceptible to mutations.
“Dr Crabtree argues that the combination of less selective pressure and the large number of easily affected genes is eroding our intellectual and emotional capabilities.
“But the loss is quite slow, and judging by society’s rapid pace of discovery and advancement, future technologies are bound to reveal solutions to the problem, Dr Crabtree believes.
“He said: ‘I think we will know each of the millions of human mutations that can compromise our intellectual function and how each of these mutations interact with each other and other processes as well as environmental influences.
“’At that time, we may be able to magically correct any mutation that has occurred in all cells of any organism at any developmental stage.
“’Thus, the brutish process of natural selection will be unnecessary.’”
My Comment: Reading such a presumptuous opinion, I involuntarily agree with the fact that humanity is really becoming more stupid; science itself has not yet convinced us that everything in nature and our development is provided many times more wisely than we realize, so wisely that we don’t even realize why and for what purpose these or other changes occur in us, especially at the cellular level and its mutations.
Humanity becomes more stupid because the world is changing; its structures change from linear to integral, global, but we think in the old way, egoistic, linear concepts, and that is why as this world is being revealed, uncomprehending, we look less smart.