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  1. #1 We know alot - How did they do it? 
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    We know alot - We sure do, in terms of intelligence. But do we really have intelligence? Or rather us, just having the "intelligence" to regurgitate information already provided.

    But, Do you know how did they do it? By "they" I mean humans, us - Was instinct enough?

    Meaning, we only know so much because intelligence is passed down from generation to generation. Without this, we would be hopeless. Imagine starting from scratch and not being taught anything. Back then, how did they do it?

    With the quality of life now a days, its unimaginable how many people would be helpless without society, its hard to believe anyone would survive a day, not to mention child birth and child care would be near impossible.

    Which leads to my conclusion, with today's quality of life, its hard to imagine how life was back then, before machinery, before agriculture, before tools - were we only had instinct, not intelligence.

    How did they survive without knowing what they were doing? How did they, we - do it?


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    The real answer is that they "just did." If they didn't, they died, and it's the ones who survived that passed on their genes and made us what we are today.

    The other answer is the accumulation of tiny little steps over millions of years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Platypusz
    Imagine starting from scratch and not being taught anything. Back then, how did they do it?
    It's a fascinating question. The quick answer is "they did it very very very slowly". Over thousands of years.

    Questions asked by Zeno of Elea were only answered by sir Isaac Newton. Euclid and Pythagoras laid the foundations of geometry that would be further developed until today, and today is certainly not the end of it. The list goes on and on, with pioneers in biology, medicine, astronomy, geography, pharmacy, mechanical engineering, electricity... look up the history of any branch of knowledge and you will be amazed.

    For just one century of the development of medicine, you may want to read "The Century of the Surgeon" by Jürgen Thorwald (originally written in German as "Das Jahrhundert der Chirurgen", translated into other languages as well).

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    It astonishes me how the humans advanced, gosh this is such an interesting topic.
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    The generation, capture, accumulation, and propagation of information and knowledge is a fascinating topic indeed. It is particularly interesting investigating the rate of generation and accumulation as it relates to the degree of intelligence of the sources. People like Newton and Einstein come to mind. Surely this topic has broad applicability in understanding the development of other systems that undergo change, accumulation and propagation of information.
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    We can't know what it was like to be them.

    Would it have been so bad ? Don't know, maybe not. Although we have lots of stuff these days ... people are stressed have all sorts of difficulties - was it worth it ? Prozac is like normal these days - what does that say ?

    It's easy to say yes it was worth it, but you are just regurgitating the answer.

    'It's a jungle out there'. People say that because beneath the veneer of society ... it still remains a jungle. Disillusionment and cynicism is rife today ... because more and more we can see behind the veneers of society.

    And to get to the things that make us truly happy requires wading through ever larger layers of society's garbage.

    5000 years ago, you had time to be yourself. Today you have 5000 messages coming at you through the media, radia, tv, satellite, broadband, billboards ... everywhere. When was the last time you had your own thought ?

    Today, everyone is telling you - you need this, you need that, you can't live without this, you can't make it without that.

    The truth is you don't need anything, you are a perfect machine for living in this environment, honed over millenia. With a bedsheet tied around your waist and a knife you could walk around the world.
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    You have to factor overpopulation and nuclear weapons into that. If there were only 500 million people in the world, survival would be far easier than it's ever been in the history of the world. We're using our improved skills and devices to handle a tougher situation than theirs was.
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    culture evolves.

    Knowledge is past on orally.

    Knowledge is written down.

    People specialize in subsets of knowledge and make their expertise available to others.
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