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Theory of Evolution and the Brain

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2/18/2014 7:25:55 AM
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If we evolved from an ape, why do we have such good cognitive abilities? Ape's minds are nothing like as sophisticated as ours. How did we acquire such tremendous mental powers to come up with scientific theories and construct complex equations?
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2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM
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At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.
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2/18/2014 9:07:54 AM
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At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Maybe they're just monkeying around? Wait . . . uh. This is bananas, man!
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2/18/2014 9:08:52 AM
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At 2/18/2014 9:07:54 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Maybe they're just monkeying around? Wait . . . uh. This is bananas, man!

There's a lot of monkey business going on, that's for sure.
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2/18/2014 9:43:11 AM
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At 2/18/2014 7:25:55 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
If we evolved from an ape, why do we have such good cognitive abilities? Ape's minds are nothing like as sophisticated as ours. How did we acquire such tremendous mental powers to come up with scientific theories and construct complex equations?

Actually they are, just ours are a bit bigger.

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2/18/2014 1:18:28 PM
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At 2/18/2014 7:25:55 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
If we evolved from an ape, why do we have such good cognitive abilities? Ape's minds are nothing like as sophisticated as ours. How did we acquire such tremendous mental powers to come up with scientific theories and construct complex equations?

There's a TED talk by Daniel Wolpert that attempts to explain this. There's another TED talk by a certain Jeffery if I recall. I watch TED videos so I am quite up to speed on where evolutionists minds are on this. Generally speaking, the prevailing theory is that our cognitive function resulted as a by product of survival benefits for increased social interaction and the prevalency of cognitive function in aiding survival (Jeffery proposes it's prediction).

I OTOH I'm with creationists. Modern man's precursor was designed with high cognitive functions which he learnt to use with experience. Believe it or not, I think people tend to laziness, and one major reason we work so hard to advance technology is how it helps our laziness (robots, computer etc).
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2/18/2014 1:33:37 PM
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At 2/18/2014 9:43:11 AM, Sswdwm wrote:


Actually they are, just ours are a bit bigger.

http://www.ted.com...

This is a facile explanation. Elephants for instance, have bigger brains and pre-frontal cortices, and are said to have better memories, but lack our intelligence. You would have been on track if you said we have a more advanced pre-frintal cortex; I recall man has the largest ratio of pre-frontal cortex to brain size, and this was proposed to be an important detail which explains our intellect.
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2/18/2014 2:43:57 PM
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At 2/18/2014 9:49:39 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I'm out of monkey puns. Sorry, guys.

I would say something, but I'm afraid you have a trunk monkey.
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2/18/2014 3:03:52 PM
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At 2/18/2014 7:25:55 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
If we evolved from an ape, why do we have such good cognitive abilities? Ape's minds are nothing like as sophisticated as ours. How did we acquire such tremendous mental powers to come up with scientific theories and construct complex equations?

Why you an ape hater? Trying to make it look like apes are dumb ol' critters that can't thinks about nothing.

Check out this article about apes thinking about thinking. They think there for they are? Metacognition may not be limited to humans.

http://www.sciencedaily.com...
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2/18/2014 5:17:55 PM
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At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Do black males need to find black females in order to have children with dark skin?
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2/18/2014 11:48:45 PM
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At 2/18/2014 5:17:55 PM, tkubok wrote:
At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Do black males need to find black females in order to have children with dark skin?

wow you f*cking racist
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2/19/2014 12:06:01 AM
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At 2/18/2014 11:48:45 PM, AnDoctuir wrote:
At 2/18/2014 5:17:55 PM, tkubok wrote:
At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Do black males need to find black females in order to have children with dark skin?

wow you f*cking racist

How does that make me a racist? Please, explain.
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2/19/2014 6:32:58 AM
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At 2/19/2014 12:08:45 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I think it's pretty obvious why, dude.

I was about to retort on his behalf.... until I remembered the title of the topic. Where the hell did skin colour come from?!
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2/19/2014 7:11:57 AM
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At 2/19/2014 6:32:58 AM, Sswdwm wrote:
At 2/19/2014 12:08:45 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
I think it's pretty obvious why, dude.

I was about to retort on his behalf.... until I remembered the title of the topic. Where the hell did skin colour come from?!

I know, right? F*cking Asians, man.
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2/19/2014 9:14:50 AM
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At 2/18/2014 5:17:55 PM, tkubok wrote:
At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Do black males need to find black females in order to have children with dark skin?

In my experience, yes. But brain function is a lot harder to pass on than skin colour.
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2/19/2014 11:05:20 AM
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At 2/18/2014 7:25:55 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
If we evolved from an ape, why do we have such good cognitive abilities? Ape's minds are nothing like as sophisticated as ours. How did we acquire such tremendous mental powers to come up with scientific theories and construct complex equations?

Well obviously, the ability to design nuclear weapons which can wipe us out conferred an evolutionary advantage.
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2/19/2014 11:26:17 AM
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At 2/19/2014 11:05:20 AM, v3nesl wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:25:55 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
If we evolved from an ape, why do we have such good cognitive abilities? Ape's minds are nothing like as sophisticated as ours. How did we acquire such tremendous mental powers to come up with scientific theories and construct complex equations?

Well obviously, the ability to design nuclear weapons which can wipe us out conferred an evolutionary advantage.

That's true. The lifeforms with suidcidal self-genocidal tendacies will wipe themselves out, and bacteria lives on.
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2/19/2014 4:20:37 PM
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At 2/19/2014 9:14:50 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 5:17:55 PM, tkubok wrote:
At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Do black males need to find black females in order to have children with dark skin?

In my experience, yes. But brain function is a lot harder to pass on than skin colour.

Really? because I know a couple whos husband is black but the wife is white, and yet their children has dark skin. Maybe your experience isnt enough.

And sure, brain function is a lot harder to pass on. Which is why it took a couple million years, is it not?
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2/19/2014 4:28:30 PM
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At 2/19/2014 4:20:37 PM, tkubok wrote:
At 2/19/2014 9:14:50 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 5:17:55 PM, tkubok wrote:
At 2/18/2014 8:41:59 AM, Installgentoo wrote:
At 2/18/2014 7:43:18 AM, AnDoctuir wrote:
He was a really smart ape.

Who could also find a really smart female ape???? Impossible. These scientists are trying to make a monkey out of us.

Do black males need to find black females in order to have children with dark skin?

In my experience, yes. But brain function is a lot harder to pass on than skin colour.

Really? because I know a couple whos husband is black but the wife is white, and yet their children has dark skin. Maybe your experience isnt enough.

And sure, brain function is a lot harder to pass on. Which is why it took a couple million years, is it not?

And evidently not in all of us either...
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