Monday, May 7, 2007
Homo Sapiens 1.0:
better than Neanderthal, but not good enough
The Jewish calendar is based on the creation of the world in 3761 BCE, with Adam and Eve created on the sixth day.
Christian fundamentalist followers of Anglican Archbishop James Ussher believe that the world was created during the night before October 23, 4004 BCE, and that Adam and Eve appeared on 10/29.
Most people believe in a much older Earth, and that the first folks did not look like what Michelangelo painted in the Sistine Chapel.
Human beings are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo Sapiens (Latin for "wise man" or "knowing man") in the family Hominidae (great apes).
Humans have a highly developed brain capable of language, abstract reasoning, and introspection. This mental capability, combined with an erect body carriage that frees upper limbs for manipulating objects, has allowed humans to make far greater use of tools than any other species.
Like most primates, humans are social creatures; but humans are particularly adept at using communication for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Social interactions between humans have also established an extremely wide variety of traditions, rituals, ethics, values, social norms and laws, which form the basis of human society. Humans also have a marked appreciation for beauty and aesthetics which, combined with the human desire for self-expression, has led to art, literature and music.
Humans are also noted for their desire to understand and influence the world around them. This natural curiosity has led to the development of advanced tools and skills; humans are the only known species to build fires, cook their food and clothe themselve.
"Modern humans" are defined as the Homo Sapiens species, which appears in fossils in Africa from about 130,000 years ago. While the current Homo Sapiens is notably better than previous terrestrial hominids, evolution is not complete.
• Homo Sapienses are equipped with apparently useless organs like tonsils and appendices.
• Males have useless nipples.
• Homo Sapienses may not need five toes on each foot, but extra fingers would help us to type faster.
• We're subject to lots of diseases
• We lose hair too soon.
• Baby humans take much longer than other species before they can walk or feed themselves.
• We can't fly or swim deep without specialized hardware.
• Some Homo Sapienses consider it necessary to modify penises, breasts and noses.
• Eyebrows and armpit hairs know when to stop growing; but cranial hair, facial hair, finger nails and toe nails need constant trimming.
• We can't see as well as a fly, smell as well as a dog, or swim as well as a dolphin.
• We can't go without water as long as a camel can.
• We lack natural protection from environmental extremes.
• We can't digest corn.
• Many Homo Sapienses need eyeglasses and hearing aids.
• Many Homo Sapienses are lactose or peanut intolerant.
• Many Homo Sapienses are intolerant of other Homo Sapienses, and of other species.
I look forward to further improvements in revision 2.0, now in beta testing. Delivery date for the final version has not been announced.
(Some info from Wikipedia)