posted on Aug, 22 2002 @ 01:29 AM
Originally posted by nyeff
Your opinion probably has some truth to it.But why just humans?
I didn't mean to imply that only humans evolved intelligence through
socialization. Even wolves are highly social animals, so it's not just primates either. Even wolf packs had their own "language", which consisted
of growls, whines (vocal noises) combined with gestures & postures; The earliest forms of human language were the same way.
Human socialization advanced more because the early humans would *share* the food around the campfire at night...Also, the telling of campfire stories
had something to do with it. You must also remember that the early humans didn't evolve natural weaponry (such as claws & horns) like other
animals...They had to rely on the use of tools & the use of fire to help them survive. This is where the opposable thumb came in handy (to coin a
phrase). Like other primates, the early humans had the dexterous hands & stereoscopic vision, so they were *hunters* instead of "herd-animals" or
scavengers (even though they did *some* scavenging, they didn't *rely* on it to the extent of other animal-packs).
The strange thing about the use of fire by humans is that I haven't yet found anything that explains why humans had a weird fascination with fire
while all of the other animals were afraid of it. Nothing I've found, except the Bible & a few theories involving aliens, has been able to explain
where that first *spark* of self-cognizance originated in the human species.
As intelligence began to grow more sophisticated & the use of tools progressed, they had to rely more on cooperation with each other...This helped
spur socializing to a higher extent than the other animals could manage. Cooperation led to more births, which led to sharper divisions between the
gender-based roles & duties, which led to passing on the ideas for more technology to produce more food, which led to more cooperation...
Basically, the concept of cooperation was a self-promoting feedback that led to civilization of the species.
[Edited on 22-8-2002 by MidnightDStroyer]