posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 02:05 PM
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by SG-17
Apes live in trees and jungles and are naked and relax every day. We build cities. Apes can live in their environment. We build our own environment.
OMG! I AM an ape! You've just proven that I missed the evolutionary boat!
Without art, there was no culture nor civilization. The first cave to have paintings was worth more than every cave that had come before it for the
whole of 600,000 years.
Sculpture predates painting by several thousand years. The earliest preserved Venus figurines are around 35k or 38k years old, and the oldest cave
paintings are around 16k years old. I have to wonder of sculpture isn't even older than that. The Venus figurines were portable art, and the earliest
preserved ones are mammoth ivory. I have to wonder how long they were whittled out of wood before that, but perished in the intervening time. There's
also the possibility that I wonder about of whether painting is older than that, too, but not preserved because of it's portable nature, and the
media being bark or something other than a climate controlled cave wall.
It took our ancestors 5 million years to go from blade, to blade on stick. It took our species just 10,000 years to go from Villages with spears to
missions on Mars.
Something is seriously flawed in the concept that our ancestors of hundreds of thousands of years ago to millions of years ago are the same humans as
we are today.
I'm not saying space aliens, nor anything at all. I already explained this previously. I believe it's the difference between exponential thinking
and linear thinking. At some point in the last 50,000-70,000 years, we made the crossover from linear to exponential. Brain capacity and intelligence
are irrelevant in these regards. Anatomically modern humans are 200,000 years old. But even though our body stopped evolving, our brains did not.
That's the key right there. And that's what made us something more.
We can only speculate on what caused this. Perhaps a rouge protein chain, or perhaps a single virus that changed a single line of DNA code. Whatever
caused it, it was sudden, it was species-wide, and it was a very very desirable trait.
It seems to be accelerating as well. Consider how long it took to go from walking to riding, then from riding horses to riding horse drawn chariots
with wheels, then from horse drawn chariots with wheels to horseless chariots with wheels, then from that to atmospheric flight, then from that to
extra-atmospheric flight in space. Each leg of that journey gets shorter, and comes on faster. It seems that not only did our ancestors accelerate,
but we are still doing the same. It's happening in every technological realm. The things kids take for granted now were nothing more than pipe dreams
when i was a kid.
Next time you flip open your cell phone, say "Beam me up, Scotty!" into it, and consider how things have changed in just your own life time.
Whatever infected us is still working on us...