Tuesday, June 10, 2014

We are Nothing

Differences between human and anthropoid anatomy show that we have evolved in a violent environment, mostly man face to man pugilism. Our jaws are designed to resist impact and not to break, our hands are padded to resist the impact of a knock out. Left-handeness ha a large ecolutionary advantage in fistfights because left sided attacks are unexpected. It seems we have been molded like clay by environment. Brute, blind, immoral forces of Nature. No moral purpose in evolution, we are just changing as the environment changes. Is an universe without purpose the ultimate nightmare? Or the paradise, where nothing really matters and we are free to be happy?

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:54 PM

    Humans are part of nature and yet not entirely ruled by it. Uniquely among the creatures we are endowed with the gift of speech and reason. There are no blogs for chimps (other than Koko). With great gifts come great responsibilities and therefore we are commanded to act in a fashion that is moral and not just beat the crap out of each other whenever possible. Though we often fall short of that standard, we still aspire toward it.

    K

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  2. Up to today 1930 hs Kever Benjamin time, humans evolved to suit the environment. May be in the future it may change. The Chinese will take charge of it.

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  3. Anonymous11:21 PM

    Evolution continues, but at a very slow pace. If you took Avraham and dressed him up a little, he could walk down the streets of Tel Aviv without attracting undue notice and he could probably adjust to living in a Bedouin camp within a couple of weeks.

    K

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  4. I suspect that Avraham Avinu was significantly more intelligent than the average resident of Tel Aviv today. For that matter, as far as I know, with neotenization average human intelligence may have been dropping over the last 3KY, at least in Europeans/Near Easterners. I believe skull volume has fallen.

    Humans evolve to suit the environment, which humans adapt to themselves. You'll notice that despite 10KY of agriculture, we are no better at digesting raw wheat or wild corn and potatoes.

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  5. Anonymous2:22 AM

    Avraham Avinu was an exceptional individual and so it would not be surprising if he was smarter than the average person. I couldn't say whether he was smarter than say Jabotinsky or Begin. Average global human intelligence may have been dropping, but Ashkenazi Jews apparently were under evolutionary pressure to increase their intelligence.

    Again, humans are different than animals. If you are an anteater and ants disappear, you are S.O.L. and your species will go extinct unless it quickly evolves an ability to eat something else. If we find raw wheat to be indigestible, there is no evolutionary pressure to evolve the ability to eat it, because we (alone among the animals) grind it up and bake it into easily digested bread.

    K

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  6. The pressure is strong today as ever. In Buenos Aires, Jewish schools and clubs are very expensive. The less successful Jews tended to drop out completely - those staying in the community were upper middle class. In Israel it is different, there are dysgenic trends, yet I could imagine that those living within formal Jewish frameworks (like Neturey Karta and Hassidic courts) will swamp off us less committed Jews.

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  7. Anonymous10:09 PM

    Judaism is a elite religion, even Cicero was careful when confronting the wealthy jewish lobby in Rome 2.000 years ago.

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  8. Anonymous10:57 PM

    To what extent has this been studied? I know that it is hypothesized that the Jews of the Diaspora always had something of a drop-out rate - those Jews who were not able to keep up with the demands of literacy and compliance with the mitzvot could just defect over to the local population, so the Jews were left with the smarter fraction of each generation. I know that (aside from an early infusion of S. European genes) most European Jews showed very little genetic influence from the local population in E. Europe, but what about vice versa? How many are there like the Cardinal, who have Jewish grandparents? Or was the # of Jews always so small that it never really impacted the gene pool of the general population? And how easy was really it to drop out, anyway?

    These things tend not to be symmetrical, BTW. In the US, the average African American is something like 20-50% white, but the average white has less than 1/2% black genes.

    K

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