a reply to: AutumnWitch657
I do understand what it means and I do accept others thoughts. I am starting to wonder about you though...
I did look it up. In fact, the first thing I saw said, "Technology put man at the top of the food chain".
The core of your position is that since man is the smartest he is at the top of the food chain. Man's ingenuity and creativity allowed him to invent,
build, and employ tools, thus cementing his position at the top of the food chain.
If that is a fair assessment of your position, let me suggest this: In its purest simplest form a food chain is a diagram of what eats what. Plants
are forever at the bottom of the food chain because technically they don't 'eat' anything. They use water and sunlight as catalysts to produce the
nutrients they require. Thusly they are classified as producers. Herbivores do not produce plants, but they consume them. Thusly, they are classified
as consumers and are above plants on the food chain. Omnivores eat both plants and herbivores placing them even higher on the food chain. That leaves
only one group left, the carnivores. Carnivores eat other carnivores and herbivores. On this scale, the biggest badass carnivore is top of the
I agree that taking technology out of the equation isn't fair to man. Its the equivalent of putting a shark on dry land. Its out of its element.
Denying man the right to use the tools he designed and created is preventing man from being man.
Our views diverge here. You insist that, "...we are and always have been the top of the food chain." I am not so sure about that. There was a time
when homo-sapiens had to learn to create and use tools. At that time, even though our collective potential may have been great, our actual skills were
limited. There must have been a time when we were no safer than any other creature who had yet to figure out the secret is to bang the rocks
Man has, for a very long time, sought to define his position as superior over beast. To that end we first stated that man was superior because we
developed sophisticated communication. In subsequent years we discovered that many life forms communicate with each other and some in ways more
sophisticated than our own. More elegant at the very least. So man, in his desire to remain top of the heap decided, it was the ability to make and
use tools that set us apart from the animal kingdom. It wasn't all that long ago that we discovered that many species use tools every day. Gulls will
drop mollusks onto rocks from high altitude to break them open. Otters will use stones to break open mollusks. Birds will use a blade of grass to fish
for insects in tree branches. But man was quick to point out that these animals were not making tools, just using natural elements as they exist in
nature. But primates took it a step further. Gorilla, urangutan, and chimpanzee all make tools by modifying elements from their surroundings and use
them for the purpose of acquiring food. They have been filmed selecting a tree branch, trimming the smaller branches and leaves off, and shaping the
end to work more efficiently at removing termites from a mound. That is making and using tools. But it doesn't stop there. It has been proven that
these primates also teach each other these skills. So man decided it wasn't just the use of tools, it was the ability to reason, complex thought,
that separated us from the animals. Then along came the border collie. There is a bc in Scotland with a vocabulary of well over a thousand words. This
dog is so smart he learns new commands the first time he hears them. In a documentary about his amazing skills a couple hundred of his toys, all of
which he knows the names of, were placed in a room. In a separate room sat the dogs owner and the film crew. The owner would call out a name for the
dog. The dog would go into the other room and search for the associated object. If it wasn't visible, he would dig through piles and keep looking
until he found it. He never missed. Then a new test was set up. Five toys were placed in the other room. Four the dog already knew, one was new. The
owner called out the name of the new toy. The dog went into the other room and looked at his options. He deduced that since he knew the names of the
other four it couldn't be one of those so it must be the only one left. He selected the toy he had never seen before. That is inference. Complex
thought. Genius. I have seen five year olds who couldn't do that.
So it makes we wonder... have we always been at the top of the list? Will we always be? Or is it possible that some other creature whose natural
abilities already exceed ours at some point becomes superior in intellect as well?
Douglas Adams said, “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so
much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the
dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
I do respect your opinion and your right to have it. I do consider the thoughts of others. But I reserve the right to respectfully disagree when