Word: salubrious – suh-loo-bree-uhs adjective: favorable to or promoting health or well-being--Salubrious habits/Salubrious food helps maintain an ideal weight/Scott's breathing problems have improved markedly since he left the city and moved to a place with a more salubrious climate/For years, her mother has maintained that the sea air has a salubrious effect on both her spirits and her vocal cords.
We are proud of our advances and feel quite smug when comparing ourselves to the ancients. Progress is seen as evidence that we are evolving. But there is really no proof that we are more intelligent than humans of the past. We simply take advantage of accumulated knowledge and ride on the shoulders of our ancestors. In fact, there is much evidence that past humans were more intelligent than us. I give several examples in the Solving The Big Questions Book. One such example is an intricately geared clock-like mechanism found in a lump of corroded rock on a shipwreck discovered in 1900. It is over 2000 years old!