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Neil deGrasse Tyson: “We are not as smart as we tell ourselves we are.”

June 4
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  1. Allison permalink
    June 4 11:49 am

    Another interesting thing is the assumption that other intelligent life has evolved in the same way that we have. That is, the major similarity we share with our closest evolutionary relatives is that we’ve learned how to use tools. Humans have just happened to used them in a more sophisticated manner. Granted, we’re intelligent enough to have some purely a priori intuitions about the universe (i.e. formal logic). But I think those cases are rare. I think in most cases we’re using our empirical tools to test out the validity of our ever evolving knowledge and intuitions. But who’s to say that other intelligent species don’t have a priori intuitions about the universe? We might assume that because we don’t see another species wielding technology (fancy tools) that they must somehow be less sophisticated. I wonder if tools just happens to be our own biased way of exploring the universe we inhabit.

    • June 4 12:08 pm

      Biased perhaps, but without evolving an organic mechanism to interact in ever complicated ways, developing tools are essential to the process. Maybe referring to humans as sophisticated for developing tools is incorrect, but I think it would be fair to call us proactive for it. It shows a reaching for goals outside the slow process of evolution … you know, like a Segway!

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