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Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by ImaFungi
The brain uses huge amounts of sugar (look at any PET scan). That and the bladder.
I have heard of a theory that consuming alcohol drove human intelligence as we had an easily stored source of carbohydrates and often sugar rich brews of partially fermented fruits/grains/etc.
who knows. I would suspect that various monkeys have eaten fermented fruit from beneath trees for ages.
Originally posted by IvanAstikov
reply to post by ImaFungi
I'm more inclined to believe that the challenges involved in getting food into our bellies back then was more important to the increase of our brain capacity, than the actual contents of the foodstuffs we were ingesting. If all our nourishment needs could be attained without effort, we'd have all ended up as contented lard asses, like the orangs. Or dumb, but well buffed gorillas.
Originally posted by Theflyingweldsman
People tasted of this beverage and found it to be good.
It encouraged social behavior and led to higher forms of communication, such as friendly discussions and brainstorming sessions.
The more beer they drank, the smarter they got.
Eventually, someone stood up and said..." Darn it, Ugg go fishing"
The rest is history.
How beer saved the world.
Sexual selection is a mode of natural selection in which some individuals outreproduce others of a population because they are better at securing mates. The concept was introduced by Charles Darwin in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, is a significant element of his theory of natural selection. The sexual form of selection
... depends, not on a struggle for existence, but on a struggle between the males for possession of the females; the result is not death to the unsuccessful competitor, but few or no offspring.
... when the males and females of any animal have the same general habits ... but differ in structure, colour, or ornament, such differences have been mainly caused by sexual selection.
everything since has been cultural?
Yea, but how come we cant teach animals to talk, and write, and invent, and build, and do the movements we can, and think like we can, and store information in our brains like we can?
Originally posted by ImaFungi
reply to post by yampa
Yea, but how come we cant teach animals to talk, and write, and invent, and build, and do the movements we can, and think like we can, and store information in our brains like we can? Isnt it because our hardware (physical bodies and minds components and mechanisms) is different in some way? And along with this physical difference, the mind always evolving a software or informational progression (storage of memory,information, development of language, writing, to store information physically outside the brain) probably allowed the human to race past other animals in terms of physical and mental potential and ability.