reply to post by Bilw85
A few questions about what you're saying:
A Few Answers about what your saying, (A Response, in E minor)
My mom's genes felt that since we live in the cold that it should tell the baby genes to be better suited to the cold? Can mother's genes
"teach" the fetus genes?
Beneficial mutations change a species through "Genetic Drift", this is a process whereby; out of any number of random mutations that occur during
the collective development of "Reproduction" a certain amount will be beneficial (To survival), a certain amount will be detrimental, and the vast
majority will have no bearing on the organism.
Those that are detrimental will reduce the overall likelihood of the carrier of that mutation surviving long enough to reproduce, or be selected for
reproduction, and thus, the mutation dies out.
Those with beneficial mutations will increase the overall likelihood of the carrier of that mutation surviving long enough to reproduce, or being
selected for reproduction, and thus, the mutation survives, and spreads.
Over time (Many Generations), a successful mutation will disseminate throughout the breeding population, and be carried by all the members of that
This is known as "Genetic Drift"
And where did the gene for abstract thinking suddenly pop in there?
It did not.
Abstract thinking is a "Process" that is dependent upon many different factors.
The ability to remember events, the ability to hold have many memories in our conscious minds at once, the ability to conceptualize changes in those
memories, the ability of advanced perception, etc, etc, etc....
What we know as "Abstract Thinking" is not really a *THING*, it is the cumulative process of *MANY THINGS* that add up to this "Abstract
What separates Humans from other animals is the EXTENT to which we think abstractly... not that we *DO* and they *DO NOT*
What benefit does this provide to become the "fittest"?
Abstract thinking is the ability to plan, and plot.
Sharp fangs are deadly, but thrown rocks are also.
Sharp pointed sticks are useful in defense, as are handguns, and tanks.
"Abstract Thinking" is a survival mechanism, whose mechanism follows "Survival of the fittest" by many different ways:
Locating fresh water
etc, etc, etc...
And why aren't humans so well "adapted" that other animals can exist in much harsher environments than us?(extreme
Because for the majority of "Human" existence, we have not been exposed to these "Harsh" climates, and thus, have not had to "Adapt" to them.
We are not well suited for cold as Wolves, because our environment was tropical and sub tropical.
The wolves environment was more harsh, and thus, they are adapted to it more than we.
And what benefit would it be that bacteria would start the evolutionary trend toward a larger creature?
Strength in numbers, for one.
Some bacteria prey on other bacteria, and thus, congregation in large colonies is a benefit for mutual defense.
In addition, the increased "Power" that the colony has to offer, ensures that it can acquire more resources than individuals.
IT is the same reason that nations have ONE BIG military, instead of many small ones.
Cooperation offers ALL members of a group a better chance of survival than they would have alone, and thus, is better for individual survival.
And how did the evolutionary tree start the trend to birds?
Small dinosaurs eat small, fast creatures, that move along the forest floor.
By hiding in the trees, the dinosaurs can ambush potential prey.
The first "Wing" was probably no more than a small flap of skin under the upper arms, that provided some "Directional Control" during its ambush
This allowed those creatures with the "Proto-Wing" to be more successful in hunting, and thus in survival and reproduction.
Over time, and successive mutations, this became a larger "Flap" of skin...
Then it was covered with hair.
Then the hair thickened, and hollowed.
The the hollow hair "Tube" sprouted "Hairs" of its own.
Eventually the "Falling Ambush Dinosaur" was so adapted to moving air to effect its velocity, that it could fly, instead of just a short glide, or
And why did humans live for 100,000 years in small caves and tribes with minimal advancement, then suddenly around 4000bc great civilizations
sprang up and built stone henges and pyramids?
Language, and tool use.
Language allows for the communication of abstract concepts "Go here", "Hunt this" "Make Fire" etc...
This allowed the "Tribes" of early humans to be more efficiently and speedily organized.
The increasing vocabulary "Selected" for larger memory capacity, and increased cognitive abilities.
Tool use did the same thing, in that our tools required larger brains, and our larger brains allowed for more complex tools, and our more complex
tools required larger brains.... etc, etc, etc...
Why is every culture since 4000bc suddenly desperate to understand a god who made them?
Curiosity is a survival mechanism when your "Claws" or "Fangs" is the usage of Intelligence and Abstract Thinking.
A creature whose survival depends upon abstract thinking, will die if it does not think abstractly.
Thus, over time our questions about ourselves, and our environment became more and more complex...
Language is a funny thing, like mathematics... in that you can put the components of math or language together in ways that "SEEM" to make
sense.... but actually don't
For example... what is the Tangent of 90 degrees?
The answer, is infinity.
The tangent is the ratio between the adjacent side (adjacent to the angle you are measuring), and the opposite side of a right triangle.
A right triangle, with an angle of interest of 90 degrees, has a ratio between the adjacent and opposite sides of 1:INFINITY
The reason that this is not a correct usage of trigonometry, is because, if you have a Right triangle that has 2 angles of 90 degrees... then it is
by definition, no longer a triangle... and you are actually measuring an infinitely high *RECTANGLE*
The question "Why are we here" presupposes an objective CREATOR.
Why is a question regarding purpose, and purpose is an invention of Abstract thinking.
Long story short... we like to understand things, by pretending that they are human.
We ascribe human qualities to things all around us that are NOT human, because this is how our perception of reality works.
HUMANS have "WHY's" for what we do...
"Why did you build a house" -> "because you need someplace to live"
The very nature of the question *IMPLIES* human causation.
When you ask "WHY ARE WE HERE" you are really asking for a *HUMAN* answer... not a *TRUTHFUL* answer.