THE CRO-MAGNON MAN WAS MORE INTELLIGENT THAN PRESENT MAN (III)
I already proved the above statement, in two independent ways in two of my previous texts with the same name. I will make a third attempt here, completely different from the first two, at proving that the genetic degradation of intelligence has begun during the Neolithic at the latest and not as late as the Industrial Revolution. Agriculture has led to an increase in the number of humans, but the price paid for this quantitative increase was a qualitative loss – the decrease in intelligence.
If we look at an IQ distribution map of Europe along with the neighbouring areas and then look at a map showing the expansion of the Neolithic lifestyle, we cannot help but notice that there is an obvious link between the level of intelligence in today’s world and the history of the transition to agriculture and sedentariness: in those areas that adopted the Neolithic way of life earlier (the Middle East), the IQ level is around 80; in the areas that adopted agriculture only later (Northern Europe), the IQ level is around 100; and in the regions which became sedentary at an intermediary stage (Southern Europe) the IQ has an intermediary value of around 90.
If we also look at a map of y-DNA haplogroups in Europe, we see the highest IQ in the areas with the highest proportions of R1a and R1b (Indo-Europeans who arrived during the Bronze Age) and of N1c1 (Uralic populations). The Indo-Europeans were nomad shepherds and the Uralic populations were hunters. Both ways of life were subject to a more significant pressure of selection than the sedentary Neolithic one, based on agriculture; as such, these populations were more intelligent. This is in accordance with today’s IQ maps, although it is specifically Northern Europe that has recently known the fastest pace of intelligence degeneration, caused by the Industrial Revolution (which has begun and has known its largest scale in the North of the European continent).
The Uralic population (N1c1) was very small, so it could not play a significant role in the local history, whereas the Indo-Europeans (R1a and especially R1b) are the ones who built the history of the world, starting from the Metal Age until today. I will therefore focus on them. It is not relevant for my argument wherefrom these Indo-Europeans came when they arrived in the steppes around the Black and Caspian Seas. Equally irrelevant is whether they are the ones to have domesticated the horse, which they rode or used for traction. It does not matter whether they had invented or simply adopted the wheel and cart or metallurgy. For the purposes of this argument, what is important is that they had never known an agricultural way of life which was sedentary. Grazing was far more similar to the Palaeolithic hunter’s way of life than was Neolithic agriculture. And it is this way of life in particular that has enabled them to preserve the Palaeolithic intelligence and that has allowed them to conquer the world. The fact that those carrying the R1a and R1b haplogroups were not farmers is proven archaeologically as well as linguistically. In all the areas to be occupied by the Indo-Europeans, words designating cultivated plants trace their origins in the local languages, whereas words for domestic animals are Indo-European. This linguistic argument is probably the most important in proving that the Indo-European did not live off agriculture.
In the South Russian and South Ukrainian steppes, the Indo-European have transformed the horse, the wheel and bronze into a war machine, which they used to conquer the world. From a life built around growing animals and hunting, they adopted a life of pillaging and exploitation of farmers.
In South Europe, where the demographic Neolithic explosion had already taken place, the Indo-European did not exterminate the old Palaeolithic (I) and Neolithic (G, E1b1b, J, T) haplogroups; they formed an aristocracy based on the exploitation of farmers. The Indo-Europeans’ occupation was still war, not agriculture.
In the North and West of Europe, the Indo-European (especially the R1b) encountered less populated lands, because the Neolithic had pervaded there only later if at all. In some of these areas, the R1b haplogroup almost completely replaced the previous male lineages, so much so that in Ireland, Wales, Catalonia and Basque Country, around 80-85% of the population are the descendants of R1b1 Indo-European males. In other regions, Palaeolithic males also managed to perpetuate their genetic heritage, an example being Sweden, where the Palaeolithic haplogroup I represents 40% of the population, as much as the Indo-European one (R1a and R1b have around 20% each). And in other areas, like Finland, R1a and R1b Indo-Europeans only have 10%, while the Uralic background is predominating with 60% – the rest of 30% being European Palaeolithic I. Nonetheless, everywhere the maternal (mt-DNA) haplogroups are predominantly the Palaeolithic ones (H and U); in some regions, such as Basque Country, they are as high as 80% of the population. (Relying on this data, I would like to emphasise that it would be wrong to draw the conclusion that Indo-Europeans have an immutable genetic supremacy, the likes of which Nazi propaganda argued for. Their superiority in terms of intelligence, as is the case for Northern non-Indo-Europeans I and N1c1, is due to the sole fact that they were subject to a more significant pressure of selection than the populations that adopted agriculture earlier on and that lived in milder climates. In addition, as proven, Indo-European intelligence is decreasing ever since the Industrial Revolution.)
But Indo-Europeans did not only conquer Europe. They also made the Industrial Revolution and built modern society. The descendants of Indo-European males and of females of European Palaeolithic origin have conquered the oceans of the world and, then, America and Australia (especially R1b) and they are also the ones who have conquered the cosmos (R1b Americans and R1a Russians). They did all this because they had a higher intelligence than any population they came into contact with. They still dominate, economically and militarily, the entire world, in after an age when the entire world had been part of their Colonial Empires.
Now the supremacy of these half-breeds, descendants of Indo-European nomads and European Palaeolithic hunters, is threatened by the populations in East Asia, whose IQ has now become significantly superior (at least 5 points) to the Northern Europeans’ IQ. The explanation of this high Asian IQ lies largely in a late adoption of the Neolithic lifestyle. As such, the Koreans have not adopted agriculture until at least 5,500 years ago and the Japanese have started cultivating rice merely 2,500 years ago. China is a particular case, on which I have written on several occasions. Although the Neolithic has pervaded in certain regions of China quite early on, this country maintains a high IQ. Perhaps a large section of the Chinese have adopted agriculture rather late, arguably so since 40% of China’s surface is covered with mountains. And certainly, China has preserved its intelligence when encountering the Industrial Revolution, through its demographic policy in the last few decades, as shown in a different text.
Returning to the Indo-European civilisation that still dominates the world, it will fall for the same reasons why all civilisations have fallen until now: the decrease in genetically inherited intelligence under a certain threshold, which can no longer be compensated through the extra-genetic technological heritage. The Indo-Europeans have had the chance to escape the degeneration of intelligence which comes with the transition to agriculture. But it is precisely this that has thrown them into the first wave of accelerated degeneration, inextricably linked to the way of life generated by the Industrial Revolution.