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    Default Why did human intelligence evolve to a level that's not needed for hunter-gatherer lifestyle?

    Why did human intelligence (of certain populations anyway) evolve to a level that's not needed for hunter-gatherer lifestyle?
    Were high IQ people sexually positively selected after the neolithic revolution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    Why did human intelligence (of certain populations anyway) evolve to a level that's not needed for hunter-gatherer lifestyle?
    Were high IQ people sexually positively selected after the neolithic revolution?
    Actually average brain size decreased after the neolithic revolution. https://www.theapricity.com/forum/sh...the-brain-mass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Cop View Post
    Actually average brain size decreased after the neolithic revolution. https://www.theapricity.com/forum/sh...the-brain-mass
    Yes.
    There isn't a linear correlation between IQ and brain size, when it comes to humans at least.
    I read Inuits have largest brains (not sure if that is really true though), yet they aren't high IQ folks.
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    Counter question= why did we jump out of water when we were ok in it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Cop View Post
    Actually average brain size decreased after the neolithic revolution. https://www.theapricity.com/forum/sh...the-brain-mass
    But intelligence has increased. Probably parts of the brain which make it easier to survive "in the wild" are the ones that have declined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    Why did human intelligence (of certain populations anyway) evolve to a level that's not needed for hunter-gatherer lifestyle?
    Were high IQ people sexually positively selected after the neolithic revolution?
    hunter-gatherer must be smart, otherwise he won't survive. There was never any sexual selection

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hektor12 View Post
    Counter question= why did we jump out of water when we were ok in it?
    To answer my own question= Competition.

    There was a competition among hunter-gatherers. (as we have today) So, a part of hunter-gatherers discovered (or forced upon) a new lifestyle, namely farming (or something else), and they simply survived with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe View Post
    Yes.
    There isn't a linear correlation between IQ and brain size, when it comes to humans at least.
    I read Inuits have largest brains (not sure if that is really true though), yet they aren't high IQ folks.
    They have a "standard" IQ of 91 is the tallest found. Native European "standard" +- 84-87 (Slavs from the countryside 79)

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    you make the mistake to believe evolution is guided and fully conditionned by the environment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hektor12 View Post
    To answer my own question= Competition.

    There was a competition among hunter-gatherers. (as we have today) So, a part of hunter-gatherers discovered (or forced upon) a new lifestyle, namely farming (or something else), and they simply survived with that.
    Nope! The "civilization" started in the fertile delta Nile and Euphrates, two regions surrounded by desert.
    When a civilization starts, "problems" begin. Higher birth rate, malnutrition and slave or semi-slave labor moving stone tones to the "king" tomb! Does that seem smart to you?

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