Neanderthal vs Cro-Magnon II

antrho-haters vs learnersThe image symbolizes something deeper than you can imagine. Anthropology shows a key turning point in the evolution of humankind occurred around 50,000 years ago. The entrenched, violent-minded Neanderthal was overcome by the more nomadic, adaptive Cro-Magnon. They both made tools, but Cro-Magnon embraced cave-painting, dance, and storytelling. This survival strategy devastated the Neanderthals, and gave us the capacity of extra-genetic intelligence, though it seems the transition in the evolution of humanity is not entirely resolved.

I often think about this in my Carl Sagan moments. Ayn Rand in her early career wrote in “For the New Intellectual” a thesis about the eternal battle between the man with the club, the witch doctor, and the maker – a class of Jungian human archetypes that makes a dramatic story.

Entropy and the Laws of Thermodynamics, sadly, have the advantage. It is far easier to steal than to make. Far easier to lie then recall truth. Far easier to murder than create life.  Far easier to follow than to question authority. Far easier to shout than to have a rational dialogue.

 

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