“The blackest Hindus represent an earlier stage of Aryan speech and thought than the fairest Scandinavians.” – Friedrich Max Müller
Charles Darwin argued in The Descent of Man that the difference between human and nonhuman minds is “one of degree and not of kind.” Biologists have shown that we share 98% of our genes with chimpanzees. Why then a chimpanzee can’t write this post on Tumblr or sing backup vocals for Sonic Youth? Contrary to Darwin’s enormously simple theory on continuity of mind, a profound gap separates our intellect from the animal kind. Researchers may have found building blocks of human cognition in other species, but these blocks make up only the cement footprint of the skyscraper that is the human mind. Only now clarity on the evolutionary origins of our cognitive abilities is emerging from novel insights of anthropologists and experimental technologies, however.
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For further reading, “Early Humans Route” recommended: