Iaian Vernier's Memoir
Chapter 25. Perspective
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Intelligence has long been an adaptive pathway for animals’ survival. As long as our environment and our ecology are in constant change, instinctually rooted genetic change will not by itself serve as a conservative redoubt against fast-moving intelligent animals. Humans derive from ancient lines of other mammals andanthropoids. Not too long ago in sidereal time, there were a number of such hominine lines emerging from the Ice Age mists. All were significantly in advance of typical monkey and ape anthropoid lines in terms of brain power. But something even more radical happened perhaps as recently as half a million years ago, perhaps earlier.
Nature occasionally glorifies in producing a momentarily successful monstrosity. Deviants, such as the giant dinosaurs that pounded down the earth some 80 or 90 million years ago or those large-antlered Irish elks, some 100 thousand years ago, were all to quickly vanish from this planet. Our own ‘peacock,’ a super-brainy quirk, was Cro-Magnon, Hss, in origin northerly, white of skin, Caucasoid by happenstance. In exchange for this massive cortex and an enormously passionate neurology, nature eliminated any staid behavioral instinctual guidance, the heritage from the past.
← 173 | 174 →In tandem nature genetically dragged along the lower brain with its massive passions. Too often in its surge of energy this part of our brain evoked tremendous urges for sex, war, terrorism, genocide, football, soccer, rock concerts. For 365 days during the year the cortex had to deal with this clouding of logic, forbearance,...
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