HISTORY OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE
Mostly a Direct Excerpt from the Book:
Of course the subject of this chapter
could be argued endlessly to get it perfectly correct, especially
since we do not have great information on our human past at this
time. However, I do believe that there are several important things
we could say about the history of human intelligence and at least
get a feel for the journey.
The first item
is timing. The universe we are told is 13.7 billion years old, much
the subject of later chapters in this book. Earth, however, is
perhaps more like only 4.5 billion years old, a more recent planet
citizen of our universe. The amount of time that humans have existed
is argued for several reasons, the main one of which might be, “what
do we consider human?” But I have seen estimates of the span of
humans on the planet earth from 100,000 to more than 300,000 years.
As you can see, this is only a small portion of the period of time
that earth has existed, and a far smaller portion of the time that
the universe has existed.
question of course is what might we consider intelligence? I
recently discussed this with a very wise relative of mine who was in
charge of a university department that dealt with some such things.
As she accurately said, some might consider the usage of fire a
great move forward. Well, the animals watching the humans using fire
certainly would be impressed since animals do not have those higher
level abilities. We might also add the invention of the wheel, the
usage of different earth minerals, certainly including metals, the
making of pottery or arrowheads, or perhaps even a better process to
hunt and or forage for food.
There is of course much more in this chapter and in the book. But
the history of Human Intelligence I find a fascinating subject, and
one of which could be discussed and perhaps argued by many. And also
so much, it might seem, might depend on the answer.
Book Logic, Science, God, and Human Intelligence
In this book I tried to explore how far Human
Intelligence has come, and how far logic can take us beyond
that. And my approach was with an open mind trying to be
free from at least the normal ideologies that surround us
daily. What I found surprised me. Not the answer ... but
that many times we are simply asking the wrong questions. We
know now more than we used to. Science has gone far. We know
a bit about Science and the Universe even though there is
much more to know. Regardless of what we believe and wish to
believe, we should at least get our thinking and our
discussions into the 21st century. Some of the old arguments
on all sides no longer seem to make sense, at least to me,
when we view them with our 21st century logic. Is this book
meant to convince you of anything? No. That would make it
just another ideology. The purpose is to do much the
opposite ... to get the reader to think about things that
perhaps they never thought about before, but armed with at
least human intelligence. And then... the new thinking may
surprise you ... as it also surprised me at times.