I have a theory. The fire using, tool making, upright walking hominid with a brain 2/3rds of the size of ours was distinguished partially by ‘planning depth.’ It/they could think some number of ‘moves’ ahead. If I make a ruckus here while you head over there at the narrows and wait, likely you’ll snag one of the rabbits I scare up. That sort of thing. All the planning was aimed at increased fitness, as it were.

At some point that expanding future horizon lead to: “oh shit, no matter what we do, we’re all gonna die!” That’s, imho, is when we became human.

Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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