A Pre-emptive Invasion of Friday Philosphy
Emphasis on philosophy.
Some folks propose that humans, having mastered their physical environment, are done evolving. I would counter that the human hand has not yet developed the capability to replace both the remote control and mouse and the human ass has not yet evolve to its full Barca-lounger capability….but that would run counter to my point, so I wont.
My point is that the next frontier of human evolution is not physical but mental. An evolution of the brain, not the body. And that that mental evolution and the new perceptions it engenders will change Human Beings in ways we cannot possibly envision. Since our brains are not evolved enough yet to comprehend them, lol.
There are three recognizable current levels of the human brain. The reptilian, evolved for pure survival mechanisms. The animal which evolved to relate to others and allows socialization and ‘pack behavior,’ acting in a group to enhance survival. And the current pre-frontal cortex that is responsibe for advanced thought that has allowed what passes for ‘advanced’ thought like abstract thought, and scientific thought, that has allowed us to evolve to our current level.
I am too lazy right now to search for the science, but these three brains are ‘stacked on top’ of each other in evolutionary order.
What will the next ‘stack’ be? If there is one.
As it stands right now, to allow my inner misanthrope to come out and play, humans are too stupid to survive. We have yet to evolve past the overwhelming influence of the animal brain that compels us to compete with other packs and kill them. War.
We have yet to evolve a true capacity to have ‘long term’ abstract thought that would allow us to deal with things like Climate Crisis, an existential threat to our evolution as a species. We are stuck addressing only the short term crises in front of our faces, the immediate threats that challenge us. We have yet to make the leap to recognize that the Common Good insures the Individual Good and that cooperation as an entire species instead of in small groups is the next imperative survival strategy.
Well….at least Republicans haven’t.