A Thought Experiment
Self Perception and culture arise from the ability to perform thought experiments that shape our personal and group imagination, creativity and struggle.
For example: In this moment, your comprehension of these words prove a thought experiment evolved by Modern Humans - that of language and glyphic representations.
We share stories that have populated our species and changed the planet. Our awareness of who we are now, in this moment is critical to how we can act to shape our future as a responsible species.
Modern humans are an experiment in cognition. Our story emerges from a small community of perhaps the only surviving homo-sapiens who lived isolated at the southern tip of Africa for tens of thousands of years. There we evolved by gathering a nutrient rich diet that changed our brains. We refined a story sharing language and diverse symbolic expressions: the roots of art, maps, tools, and strategic teamwork. This cognitive revolution of human species emerged 70,000 years ago after a globally significant super volcano eruption in Sumatra and ice age African drought narrowed the human population to about 6,000 individuals into a population bottleneck. From the know-how of this group emerged the great thought experiment we come to call homo-sapiens.
Current evidence is that modern humans had begun to populated African but were driven to near extinction by drought and resource depletion. The entire human species was driven down to 6,000 individuals who were in the right place to begin a thought experiment in acting on their imaginations, applying complex skills gained new mental functions associated with access to nutritional tubers that other animals lacked the tools to dig, and an intensive marine diet rich in long chain omega-3 molecules.
This small group became codependent on the rich marine environment for the nutrients that amplified everyone's strength and signal capacity at the cellular level providing greater eyesight, longevity, disease resistance, and mental creativity and mental health. This collective well being and cognitive expansion gave rise to stronger social bonds and collaborative networks. As a result of this marine based diet, humans have the highest concentrations of DHA omega-3s than any other species, comparable to dolphins.
Geological and soil maps of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain for the Last Glacial MaximumMigration of Pleistocene shorelines across the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain: Evidence from dated sub-bottom profiles and archaeological shellfish assemblages
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd tow'rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.
The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148–158William Shakespeare - 1610–1611