Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
I fully believe that. There is this redhead lady on NBC that reports on Today sometimes that I swear looks like a Neandertal descendant.
But the intellect. The mindset. The worldview. How did humans first begin to use abstract thought to a degree that he could use it as a
problem solving skill? When was speech first used to convey abstract information? HOw did speech affect this thought skill that we have?
i would say around the time that we evolved a larger brain, we also developed higher abstract thinking to survive, ie: survival was more assured for
those who assessed signs of predators or disease, or what was good to eat.
all life seems to have some level of this, we have a very high level that allows us to chain concepts together that other animals can't and this can
lead to other things that are unrelated to survival.
chimps and dolphins have a level of abstract thinking closer to us than other animals and can learn things the same way we can after all.
well i would say that just like other animals, we developed it out of instinct, through evolutionary pathways, it was an advantage to have the
mutation that allows the larynx to be manipulated in the ways we do. added to the abstract thinking our ancestors had, it would be possible to
develop sounds that approximate to states or emotions.
after all we know babies need something, even though they can't say it, more than likely that is how it started, sounds that indicated states of
i'm not sure how far science has come with that though.
And the whole concept of the bicameral mind....that is, alone, a mindblowing possibility that I would absolutely LOVE to see examples of how it
would actually manifest outwardly.
after reading about this, i don't think people can, i have to wonder how anyone could prove it or what makes people think that there was a point at
which the brain just magically stopped working one way and started working another.
We are fairly highly developed intellectually compared to other animals. I would assume that there would be an evolution of this intellect.
It is something that interests me. I enjoy watching people and animals now, just to learn more about those i share this planet with. It is just
something I do. It is particuarly fun to observe people on this (or any other) forum.
well yes, our neocortex is the most developed in the animal kingdom, along with other parts of the cerebrum.
our higher brain functions are the result of the evolutionary shift from body to brain, of course there is a downside to this. it made our heads
bigger than the pelvis of female humans, hence why childbirth is so painful and dangerous, our heads are huge!
luckily it isn't enough to cause a problem for the human species' survival, since many women despite the size can give birth without dying, so they
can raise their children.