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How Did We Survive As A Species?

We are homo sapiens. If you’re reading this, you are a homo sapiens, unless you’re one of those incredibly clever chimps or gorillas or possibly one of those genius octopuses (octopus intelligence is quite astounding, honestly).

Why are you still alive to be reading this?

We humans are not the strongest, biggest, fastest, most venomous species on Earth. Actually, in the physical sense, we’re really quite pathetic. We have bad backs, weak bones, tiny little teeth and we’re not very scary looking to other species.

We are still around today because of our brains, obviously. We were able, with ease, to outsmart every other species on Earth. Our intelligence isn’t even comparable to any other species. Think about it, the smartest chimps on Earth can maybe use a twig to dig some insects out of a log, or stack up boxes in order to reach something high up……..but….human toddlers can do that, and they do it all the time, without ever really being taught how to do it.

We share 98.5 percent of our DNA with chimps. In that 1.5 percent difference, we’ve been able to go to the moon, create art, make music, invent technology and communicate with others all over the world in mere seconds.

Here’s the thing I want to leave you on,

We are 1.5 percent different from the second smartest species on Earth (chimps), and we’re able to do things chimps cannot possibly even comprehend.

So, imagine an alien species. An alien species which is 1.5 percent different from US! They would be to us what chimps are to us. The smartest humans on the planet would be mere novelties to this alien species. Quantum physics and the most difficult forms of thinking would be second nature for them. They would look at Albert Einstein’s theories as if they were 3rd grade scribblings. They would be so beyond us, we probably wouldn’t be able to recognize them, we’d think they were magical beings.

So, my contention is that, we, human beings, in the grand scale of intelligence in the universe, may just be blithering idiots occupying a sea of vastly more intelligent beings.

Chimps don’t recognize what the internet is, they don’t know we invented it. MAybe there are things out there that have created things that we can’t even see, recognize or grasp.

Just think about that……………..see ya later.

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7 thoughts on “How Did We Survive As A Species?

  1. We may not be objectively frightening to other species, but they’ve learned to be frightened anyway, ever since we came down from the trees and competed with lions and tigers and bears for meat. We became the worst predators this world has ever seen as overcompensation for being weak. We are, in fact, the monsters of this planet.

    Posted by Linuxgal | February 14, 2015, 3:46 pm
    • I agree.
      But have we become the worst predators, or the best? I suppose we’ve become both.
      We’re the only species ruining this planet, so I suppose we’ve got to deal with that at some point, haha.
      As an Australian though, I can say objectively, that crocodiles and Red back spiders aren’t afraid of us at all! In fact, they seem like they’re pretty happy when they kill one of us.
      It’s what we deserve I suppose. haha

      Posted by sarcasticgoat | February 14, 2015, 4:15 pm
  2. Aliens might evaluate us as far below how we appraise a chimp, more like an unpleasant rash.

    I’m interested in what happens to people from here on though: do we get smarter, or is this as good as it gets? Lots of room for improvement, in my mind, compared to myself too.

    Ian

    Posted by iansfuture | February 18, 2015, 11:07 pm
    • If we do get any smarter, it’ll probably be due to technology being implanted into our brains.
      That sounds cool in principle, but I feel a bit icky about that. haha
      One arresting thought is this, ‘in 6 billion years when our Sun is ready to burn out and destroy the Earth, any creatures descended from humans alive then, would be a different from us as we are from Bacteria right now!’
      That’s about the most brain-aching thing I’ve ever heard!

      Posted by sarcasticgoat | February 19, 2015, 6:35 am
      • Maybe more so. Evolution seems to be exponential in its rapidity, as there are more genes/structures to play with. And they we start tinkering with things, and who knows what will be possible and done, for better or worse, in 1000 years?

        Ian

        Posted by iansfuture | February 25, 2015, 5:54 pm
      • We’ll just download our brains into computers, I reckon. We will cease to be physical being entirely.

        Posted by sarcasticgoat | February 26, 2015, 6:19 am
      • We’ll just download our brains into computers, I reckon. We will cease to be physical being entirely.

        Posted by sarcasticgoat | February 26, 2015, 6:20 am

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