Are our IQs set to increase forever, or are we on the cusp of decline? David Robson explores the past, present and future of intelligence.
David RobsonHas humanity reached ‘peak intelligence’? Or, put another way - are we getting stupider?
IQ scores are dropping in many countries, and my latest piece for @BBC_Future asks why that is, and whether it should be a cause for concern.
Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change.
David RobsonThe protests pretty much perfectly fit the “3.5% rule” of civil disobedience, which suggests that once a certain threshold of the population becomes involved in a movement, success is highly likely
Russia is the latest country to try to find ways to police its online borders, sparking the end of the internet as we know it
David RobsonWe’ve got an extraordinary debut by @Sally_Adee on @BBC_Future today about the death of the internet as we know it. Sally’s one of my favourite writers and I’ve wanted her to write for Future for ages, and this piece doesn’t disappoint.
Humanity’s most puzzling behaviour has deep roots in our evolutionary past
David RobsonOn @BBC_Future today we have another stellar piece by @BrandonAmbro. It’s a deep dive into the evolution of religion and the changes that made spiritual feelings and behaviour possible. So much of interest here - a #longreads to savour
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Psychological research shows that the harder we strive to be happy, the less likely we are to achieve that goal
David RobsonWhat's the quickest way to happiness? Do nothing.
My latest article for @bbc_future examines research showing that the "pursuit of happiness" can make you more stressed and lonely. Particularly true at Xmas and New Year w/ all the heightened expectations