It has naively occurred to me – an interesting intersection of thoughts; in the evolution of life, of human beings. One of typical science, another literature. This is perhaps uninformed, for I’m an expert in neither of them. 😉
Ok. Getting onto the topic –
Life has evolved from mere chemistry to a cell and to an organism. In each stage from cell, evolution has stepped into another stage with the help of a wiser being of that species. Just for an example, if there a new organism evolves from grass-hopper, it will evolve from the one which is wiser enough to evade it’s predator; as that won’t be eaten away by the predators. And evolution, in my understanding, is the first case of data mining and machine learning. If you take neanderthals, who were a comrade species of homosapiens(human beings), were not as wiser as us; and they faded away with time in lesser time; and the wiser species – which is homosapiens, continue to live. Certain percent of DNAs of Neanderthals are available in Europeans and Asians still; to tell us that neanderthals co-existed with homosapiens. Not just only that, but also, interbred. Reference Link
Now the literature, from Julian Barnes – “A History of the world in 10 1/2 chapters”; that makes me feel where the evolution as is, is up to; as the context of word wiser – varying widely between the animal and human beings.
In the book specified earlier, Titanic was taken for argumentation and following is the text from it – “the hero of the Titanic was a blanket-forger and transvestite imposter; And on wider scale, theorist maintained that life amounted to the survival of the fittest: doesn’t Titanic prove that ‘fittest were merely the most cunning? The heroes, the solid men of yeoman Virtue, the good breeding stock, even the captain – they all went down nobly with the ship; whereas the cowards, the panickers, the deceivers found reason for the skulking in a lifeboat. Was this not deft proof of how the human gene-pool was constantly deteriorating, how bad drove out good?.”
Perhaps the evolution of humanoids has been the evolution of the cunning; which is one of the contexts for the word ‘wiser’. Perhaps, the Neanderthals were absorbed by the predators: we Homo-sapiens.
With this said, I stop here with a mention from ‘When breath becomes air’, leaving you to dive and swim into this interesting intersection of two stream of different shades.
Though we had free will, we were also biological organisms – the brain was an organ, subject to all laws of physics, too! Literature provided a rich amount of human meaning; the brain, then was the machinery that somehow enabled it. It seemed like magic.