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I am posting about Bonobo's because they are amazing. They are an encouragement to the human race, even as our stupidity sends them out of existence. One of my favourite, "Empathy of Animals," posts is about a Bonobo. You are encouraged to find out more via my tags.

It is apt that this species is named Pan. Pan was the wistful god of creativity and fun. He unleashed chaos upon the world. And when you think of Pan, you may think: Pan-sexuality! Blame it on Pan.

Also, I FINALLY found the story abut the man who is related to Bonobo's, as are we all. I always loved that story as an example of how we are all related, not in some hierarchy, but across geography, across species, across time. So, I am making this post not only to highlight Bonobo's, but to emphasize this point. We are all related. We usually do not evolve via some hierarchical lineage, or via one single, "out-of-Africa," sort of scheme. In the same way, my take is that we did not all come from some universal, "Big Bang."

In the same way that the, "Out of Africa," theory is said to be a Christian, racist rationalisation of Euro-evolvement, overseen by One God, I think that the, "Big Bang," is a rationalisation of planetary evolution based on another Biblical concept of time. That is NOT to say that I completely discard hierarchical or linear influences in any evolution, which would be absurd. However, I always argue for a more nuanced understanding of time, which includes multifactoral influences, correlations, and co-creations.

Bonobos Join Chimps as Closest Human Relatives

Endangered Bonobos Reveal Evolution of Human Kindness - (Ironic!)

Unraveling the Bonobo's Genome, and its Secrets

Study: The Bonobo Genome Compared with the Chimpanzee and Human Genomes

The father of all men is 340,000 years old | New Scientist

The family tree that rewrote human history

African-American who traced ancestry to Cameroon...

Speaking of kindness and all that... The sweetest people are in Cameroon. And they have the most amazing music!!!


birdandfox at 2018-02-14 02:18 (UTC) (Lien)
Have you read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind? I'm currently reading it but in slow increments because I've been writing a lot lately.
"a killing field for hypotheses"
madman101 at 2018-02-14 22:48 (UTC) (Lien)
Better to write than read. Writing is the most astute kind of reading. Two-in-one. I am glad you are being more productive this year.

You are a wellspring of great information. I never heard of that book but it is definitely something I must read! Although, I don't get a lot of reading done. And sometimes I get into phases where it is better for me not to read but instead keep working my own brain until I come up with some good hypotheses - otherwise I might just accept the big ideas of someone else too soon. Other times, this is not so.

One book I have not read but which is relevant to this vast topic is about how agriculture created urbanisation which caused most of the problems we have today, simply speaking. Let me find the tag for those posts for you... Partial...

This may all be negative compared to the book you mention. I am not limitted to these views. See also Telhard de Charden(sp?) re: The neosphere or noosphere...
birdandfox at 2018-02-16 02:09 (UTC) (Lien)
I don't think I could ever not read. It really helps me with writing inspiration and I just love taking in other peoples stories. I don't really read much non-fiction but Sapiens has been really enjoyable so far.

Against the Grain seems interesting, I'll add it to my Good Reads shelf!
"a killing field for hypotheses"
madman101 at 2018-02-18 01:54 (UTC) (Lien)
I honour your reading.
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