I think having thumbs gave us an edge -
I was watching a show on the History Channel several weeks ago and they were talking about the evolution of man and what we have discovered about human evolution. Something that stuck with me since I watched it was what they referred to as "the most important step that humans ever took".
It was finding fire. The narrator expounded that humans were the first animals that did not run away from (and fear) fire. In fact, they still are the only animals in history that are not weary of and accepting fire. That in braving the unknown and utilizing fire, we most assuredly guaranteed our eventual survival. It allowed us to keep predators away at night, smoke meat so it could be stored longer, and enjoy a bit of warmth in winter.
I agree that this makes sense, but the thought that has continually crept in my head since I watched it was, "Did they become masters of fire because they were curious and/or stupid (which can equate to a bad habit to have when survival is part of the game), or were they at a level of understanding where they knew what they were getting themselves into?"
Of course, I am sure some Grok or Grokette didn't come along and say, "Hey, if we take this burning tree branch from lightning and keep it going, we will live safely and become rulers of the planet." Looking back now, it's easy to say it was a smart idea to approach a fire and learn to use it. But I can also understand how only a crazy person can walk up to such an amazing thing as fire and walk right up to it and see how it works.
Did we, as humans, come to rule the top of the food chain because we used to be the dumb animals near the bottom of it and we got lucky?
Last edited by cwhitson; 12-07-2011 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Grammar/misspellings
I think having thumbs gave us an edge -
Huh? You don't have to be *right next* to a fire to know how it works.
They examined, took risks, tried, and tested. They passed down knowledge little by little until a useful theory was formed, and finally they conquered fire.
Ummm God created us as we are now. Intelligent and masters of our world. I can't force you to believe it too, but it's the truth.
Which God created us? Zeus, Ganesh, Buddha, Allah, Yaweh, etc.?
You are a bit misguided in your representation of what God may or may not have created. Assuming your theory, all humans, at birth, would have the ability to understand applied physics, perform advanced mathematical calculations without a computer, and win a NASCAR race. If your theory were true, everything that man has created would have been invented at the exact same time, without a gradual learning curve.
You know more today than you did a year ago (I hope). So it is quite comprehensible to believe that humans, over time, gradually learned more and more as well. Please provide evidence and an open mind in any further posts. This is a serious discussion about the human nature at the time fire was found by our ancestors.
It was curiousity. What makes us Human is our need to learn new stuff. We explore, expiriment and play with things that can hurt us sometimes but we tend to learn and pass on what we learn through our ability to communicate. Every generation pushing a little further learning a bit more. Fire may not have been conquered by an individual, it may have taken many generations to learn about it, how it works, how to control it and once a group had it figured out, our ability to pass this knowledge on through our specialized ability to communicate (first by stories then by drawings, then by writing) made the knowledge immortal. Our big brains and vocalizations were the original Information technology.
Integrity is what we do when nobody's watching.
God made evolution. Deal with it.
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