Discussion by: Eliot
If our brains evolved somewhere on the African savanna then they should be compatible with the savanna. But we see that Newton, almost single-handedly, created Calculus just to explain the movements of the planets and that he formulated the Law of Gravitation. A guy who lived 350 years ago and who probably never traveled more than a hundred miles from his place of birth could have told me how much I’d weigh if I was standing on Mars.
From this I conclude that our brains are compatible not just with that African savanna but with the Universe. But to what end? A seagull can fly in order to find food and a mate and to avoid pray. But that seagull can not achieve supersonic flight. He would have no need to fly at mock 8 as it wouldn’t do him much good.
Shouldn’t our brains be just large enough to help us survive the savanna and reproduce? When I consider people like Einstein or Hawkins I think, Well look at that, a seagull that can do Mock 8. How’d that come about? Can anyone help me with this?