Compound ignorance occurs when one is unaware of the fact that he/she is ignorant. This is a fatal disease, the cure of which is extremely difficult because the compound ignorant person does not see any shortcoming in himself, and so lacks any motivation to do anything about it. Thus, he remains ignorant to the end of his life and its disastrous effects destroy him.
The dumbing down of civilization has been codified in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A pair of researchers from Norway found that average IQ levels are dropping precipitously and that with each new generation, people, in general, are becoming progressively less intelligent.
After evaluating the test scores of more than 730,000young men, the Norwegian duo learned that IQ levels are dropping by about seven points per generation. These findings mirror those uncovered by a separate related study out of Great Britain, which revealed that IQ levels have been dropping by between 2.54--3 points per decade ever since the end of World War II. This is a sharp contrast to the state of human intelligence during the first half of the Twentieth century when average IQ scores were rising at a steady rate.
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