The First Glimmer of Human Intelligence

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Meaningful Human Intelligence

Human Intelligence appears to be first displayed in any meaningful way a tad more than two million years ago. When Homo Habilis rocked up.

Homo Habilis translates from Latin to Handy Man. He was named so by his discoverers, the renowned husband and wife Palaeontologist team, Louis and Mary Leakey, because he proved to be adept at toolmaking.

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Tool making is a trait shared by more than a few of his modern descendants.

Nonetheless, Handy Man may well have been Handy Woman.

The term Man, as in Mankind, can be used to collectively denote both males and females of our species.

In light of the perception in some quarters of Society that males are somehow superior to females, my preference is to lean towards the more congenial description of Humankind.

As Human Beings we are all individuals, all equal.

 Thinking women from all cultures, all over the world, are proving this point when they achieve freedom from the narrow confines of males possessing primitive, undeveloped, dominating mindsets and join in concert with their enlightened Brothers who see them as their integral other half.

Practicing Personal Development expedites and hastens progress towards this most desirable state of freedom.


Nature's Crucible

To the best of our knowledge, from Humanities inception, right up to Homo Habilis, our early forebears lived and roamed the land with barely a thought between them. Although there is evidence that some of our early forebears prior to Homo Habilis used sharp edged stones for tools but did not actually fashion them.

This slower period in Humanities evolution may well have been, figuratively speaking, Nature's crucible, wherein She forged and sculpted our brains in the final preparation to process thought. Building on hundreds of millions of years worth of mechanical development.

Nature was preparing to launch Her greatest vision, Human Intelligence. I am very happy that She did.


First Inventor

Homo Habilis, estimated to have been around five feet tall, weighing perhaps one hundred pounds, and sporting a brain volume of 510 - 660 cubic centimeters, as determined using the Endocast method, a manner of measuring internal volumes.

Apart from Homo Floresiensis, who is not yet proven to definitely belong to the Hominidae Family, Habilis's brain volume is the smallest so far to be recorded.

Brain size not withstanding, Homo Habilis was, ostensibly, the first Human inventor. Habilis exhibited the initial glimmer of Human Intelligence as we recognize it today.

Although stone tools have been discovered dating back for more than two and a half million years, and because the relationship between the various species of the Hominidae Family, is still indistinct and incomplete, Habilis is the first Human to be credited with purposely designing and making a tool.


First Invention

First invention

Habilis's invention, the stone Hand Axe, set the scene for a technological future.

This invention has all the hallmarks of a consciously creative act. Habo had stumbled upon Creative Thought and brought Human Intelligence into play.

Surprisingly, it would be the better part of two million years before it was superseded.

If this is true, and the evidence to hand suggests it is, this point is of much interest to us.


Storehouse of Knowledge

Storehouse of knowledge

Homo Habilis and their descendants spent the better part of two million years failing to capitalize on that first burst of creative thought. Content to merely share the limited knowledge they had obtained.

 Habilis appeared to be happy to use the Hand Axe as a multi-purpose tool, but not developing it. Or inventing much else. Unconscious of the enormous Storehouse Of Knowledge at their behest.

Knowledge provided by the Infinite Intelligence of the Universe.

Knowledge is presented and delivered via demand and desire. Demand and desire for knowledge is sparked by curiosity.

Even today this is far from well known. Let alone understood.

Incidentally, this is the very same Storehouse of Knowledge available to we modern day Humans.


Lack Of Recognition

Habilis's desires were simple. The demands that they had placed on Nature required little thought and were easily met. And apparently they didn't have a clue where the power that allowed them to devise and use their, for the time, marvelous invention, came from.

Seemingly unable to recognize their Human Intelligence.

This seemingly lack of conscious awareness was not entirely our forebears fault. Paradoxically, we need to have knowledge to gain knowledge.

This lack of recognition has persisted through the ages to the present day, where it still holds sway.


Intervening Period

In the intervening period leading to the modern day Human, Homo Sapiens Sapiens (full title), not a lot happened. Several species  appeared, lived, then became extinct. Much migration took place.

Fire was discovered and mastered around the half-way or one million year mark.

Homo Neanderthalensis

Homo Neanderthalensis, our most recent relative, demonstrated more awareness of their Human Intellect, than did Homo Habilis.

Over a period of around 400,000 years they made slow, spasmodic intellectual progress. But progress all the same.

Major achievements of our cousin, Homo Neanderthalensis, as noted below, were comparable with we Homo Sapiens.

Stone, flint, bone and wood tools were experimented with and in the latter period, co-existing with Sapiens, the Neanderthals built shelters, indulged in primitive art, clothed themselves and buried their dead.

Then somewhere around thirty thousand years ago, for an as yet unknown reason, they too, became extinct.

Had Homo Neanderthalensis survived, they could have proven themselves to be far superior masters of Human Intelligence than we are. As we will discover, mastering intelligence is a learnable skill.

Human Intelligence Rocks!

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