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Is the search for the origin of human intelligence really a discipline in science?

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Recently, we read that early weaning and eating meat propelled the evolution of human intelligence. We had only just got used to that slam dunk case closed when, would you believe it, we remembered that a computer simulation of digital organisms had shown that teamwork propelled human intelligence.

We have heard any number of other theses in the past few years. It raises the question: Is speculating on the origin of human intelligence really a branch of science?

Surely no one objects if people want to develop creative explanations on this subject. But there doesn’t seem to be any discipline in the discipline. And if there were any progress, how would we know? So how can it be a science? Thoughts?

2 Replies to “Is the search for the origin of human intelligence really a discipline in science?

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    Mytheos says:

    It’s not, but i still want to get paid to do it.

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    Axel says:

    Ironical when you consider that they haven’t even a clue as to the mysterious force which, as Max Planck observed, ‘brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. (We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter’).

    Planck also implicitly acknowledged the personal relationship of this ‘conscious and intelligent mind’, when he observed, ‘Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.’

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