posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 08:42 PM
I rather liked the program, very well done. I think they cut the dragons a little short, not giving them QUITE the ascendancy they deserved, but,
whatever, I'm a fan. The way they went through, creating an entire history for dragons, supported by modern evidence, was very well done. It was a
little hokey, but hey, they're dragons. It was still amusing to watch them 'wonder' what the back palate could have been for.
Aa few years back, I read a fantastic book about neural plasticity. Doesn't sound like the best read, but it was amazing.
One of the basic premises covered was the evolution of the human brain. We have the reptilian brain, which has (go figure) evolved from reptiles. It
is largely taken over the monotonous functions, like breathing and whatnot. We also have the primate brain, for the higher cognitive functions, and
then the human brain for the Way Above Cognitive functions.
Unlike reptiles, who use their brain for all their functions, we use the reptilian part for just basics, and that was why we dream. The reptilian
part goes off and has fun during the night. But I digress...
The book mentioned dragons. As primates, ancient ancestors of mankind were pretty dominant. There just three basic animals to be absolutely
terrified of. Birds of prey, large cats, and snakes. Take those three with an unfathomable fear of death for millenia, mix in an especially active
subconscious, and add fire, and you've got yourself a crude dragon!