Monday, October 01, 2007

Connecting the wrong dots

"The point of all this is that we evolved for an environment very different from the one we’ve built for ourselves. For survival we have to fight our genetic instinct to tell ourselves stories (including the special case of connecting the dots) and be skeptical of our own conclusions."

Tom Evslin

Man's use of symblos to make sense of the world distinguishes him from roughly a million species.
Symbols are the instruments which convert raw intelligence into culture.
Being conscious of them, man was able to invent languages to communicate thoughts, work his environment, create concepts to express ideas, and images to identify the supernatural forces which surrounded him.
They say with the first step by which the first man made the first human footprint on the surface of the moon, mankind became conscious of a new era in its evolution.
I think it happened long before.
It was when gazing into a fire, somewhere, sometime, suddenly a man saw a face in the flickering flames.
At that moment matter became mind and man discovered virtual reality, "connecting the dots".
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