Contrary to popular belief, cancer rates are declining and average IQs are rising.
“We often overlook the many good things that are happening in the world around us today,” says Ronald Bailey, Reason’s science correspondent. In the August/September edition of Reason Magazine, Bailey lists seven surprising pieces of good news about the modern world we live in.
For example, people are getting smarter. While this may come as a surprise to anyone who has watched reality television lately, a person of average IQ today would have been in the top 15 percent of same-age scorers 50 years ago. “About half of Americans two generations ago would have been diagnosed as mentally retarded based on today’s IQ tests,” says Bailey.