According to an article on Phys.com entitled: Researchers Suggest Victorian-Era People More Intelligent than Modern-Day Counterparts", a study was done that proved Victorians possessed higher intelligence than today's modern individual. The Victorians wrote letters by hand, often played a musical instrument and held a higher standard of excellence which was displayed in their work ethic and fashion. Pick up any book written in the late 1800's and observe the rich vocabulary and eloquence of speech. What could the reasons for societies gradual intellectual decline be in your opinion?
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Yes we do seem to have more of a voice. I have read Kim. I found it readable but oh so strange. It gives an insight into the British in 19th Century India.
Well said, "The culture of distraction" has elevated the decline. We need to use technology as a tool and keep disciplines that preserve our mind and spirit.
Three square meals a day were not definitely on as they are today. Less protection for the poor. Just earning your daily bread could be a good exercise in use of the brain.
There was education by rote. Teacher verbally gives you the information and you repeat it like a parrot until it sticks. This gave way to more structured forms of education. Educating the poor began in Victorian times.
Women were finally allowed to study in the more prestigious universities in Britain but that was in the last decade of the Victorian era. You are right. There was great education for some but not for all.
Since Victorian times we've had several technological changes that changed the accent of education. Back then technology was largely steam-driven. During the time my Grandmother (1900-1989) lived men have been to the moon and fought two world wars
Occasionally one of the chimney sweeps you speak of is found as a skeleton in an old chimney. Lower class as you might say doesn't mean lower intelligence just lower resources.
But lower resources that include lower food supplies harm brain development and often with it, intelligence.
Sure, that's true. But in the Victorian era there were improvements in food and health. Bread and dripping was still the working class breakfast.
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