I read a dossier in a newspaper about the falling of the IQ. For decades the IQ was increasing, known as the Flynn-Effect. My question here is not, if the IQ is really falling, make up your own mind about it (some sources and keywords you can find here and here).
In the dossier calcuations where stated, claiming an average drop of IQ of 5 points in EU cause socioeconomical losses of the order of 150 $'s. I was wondering now, how dependent academia is on replensishment of gifted people, if above results and hypothesis are discussed in the academic community?
One could argue, while this is of course no good development, it cannot do much harm to academia and scientific research, as everything is documented and published. But then to me the question came up remembering a current discussion in particle physics and the suggested necessity to further fund it to keep the knowledge and wisdom alive, if really all of the necessary knowledge is published and on a level of comprehension that less talented/intelligent and in number researchers could still maintain and operate, e.g. ISS space station or the CERN particle collider (or nuclear power plants) and proceed with new scientific discoveries?
I'm thankful for any insight or literature reference discussing this issue or very important other direct implications that you think of in your field.