Homosapians...are we really that smart? 18 replies

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#1 11 years ago

Honestly, do you think that we are the most intelligent beings on planet Earth? Yes, our brainpower is superior and we have the ability to do many extraordinary things, however we also have the brainpower to do equally foolish things. Did you know that we are the ONLY species that kills their own kind without cause or out of necessity? Out of all the species on the planet, we certainly are the most wasteful. I don't see a skunk throwing a non biodegradable beer can on the sidewalk or a dolphin dumping toxic oil into the ocean. Don't forget about several technologies that cause harm to the environment, pollutes the air, and depletes the ozone. Humans could almost be considered a cancer or a virus. We suck up all of the resources on our host and we either move on or starve ourselves to near extinction.

On the other side of the coin, we can accomplish amazing feats such as:

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What are your thoughts?




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#2 11 years ago

Well, we've certainly damaged our host, but we are still able to live on it. The same cannot be said for most of the newer viruses. We've also developed ways to get what we want or to communicate better. So I say, "hooray us!"




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#3 11 years ago

I like nuclear weapons. They establish us as both the most intelligent creature alive and the dumbest creature alive at the same time, all within a single warhead casing.

What is unique to humans in particular is this self-degrading attitude so many of us have, i.e. those people who refer to us as a virus or a cancer. I don't think any other animal is constantly telling itself how evil and destructive it is, despite the fact that a concentrated overpopulation of any species will cause damage to the local ecology. And this apparent will that some humans have to destroy their entire species is wholly contrary to our standard instinctive need to survive, so I don't know where that one came from either.




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#4 11 years ago

Ah yes, but foolish is something we have created. You still need to be pretty damn smart to do some of the more stupid things in history.....making an A-bomb...somewhat foolish but hey it means we're smart, waging war more and more - foolish but smart, we have top notch gear and tactics....

Also, I would take this topic more seriously if you took the time to realise you've spelt homosapiens wrong ¬_¬




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#5 11 years ago

I think that we are one of the smartest species on the planet, but that is a generalisation. Some individuals really are not, but as a race, homo sapiens have pushed boundaries to further our own knowledge. We have started to explore space and push boundaries to know more and to try to find out what is going on. That is something that we have over everything else. We have tied to expand our own knowledge.

Wars are inevitable in the expansion of the human race as disputes occur throughout nature, but we are certainly one of the most intelligent animals (that we know of - for instance another may be disguising its intelligence).

However intelligence is not the same as common sense. With non-biodegradable items and with other such examples, these are simply laziness and poor holistic thinking on our part, not lack of intelligence. We have been clever enough to think up these things, but we are not holistic enough to counter it. With things like carbon emissions it is laziness and lack of an alternative that causes it. The lack of alternative is being worked on as I type, but we could all technically do more to help. This is just an example, but it does apply to other areas as well.




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#6 11 years ago

Although we are destroying the world, are the skunks trying to find a solution? Do you see the dolphin holding meetings to reduce carbon emissions? I think that we are an intelligent race, the ability for humans to have societies and social classing. Although we get diseases, we invent/discover cures; although we start wars, we find ways to end them.




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#7 11 years ago

If we weren't smart we couldn't screw up as badly. Whether we’re lacking a certain measure of wisdom on the other hand...




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#8 11 years ago

The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking... the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker. ~Albert Einstein




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#9 11 years ago
Jeffro;3710126Honestly, do you think that we are the most intelligent beings on planet Earth? Yes, our brainpower is superior and we have the ability to do many extraordinary things, however we also have the brainpower to do equally foolish things. Did you know that we are the ONLY species that kills their own kind without cause or out of necessity?

We are not the only species that do this, and there is always some reason, even though we might not understand or accept it.




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#10 11 years ago

The requirement of such destruction, as humanity accomplish has intelligence as a requirement.

Thus yes. We are as smart as we are.

though our probably strongest asset compared to ther "pans" is our profound extelligence.

I remember reading, that we actually shouldn't call us homo sapiens, but pan narrans.




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