understanding

Solving World Problems

It is said that a brain‘s size pos­i­tive­ly cor­re­lates with its host‘s level of intel­li­gence. The abil­i­ty of human beings to use tools in very elab­o­rate ways, to cre­ate art or to invent and tell sto­ries to each oth­ers, seems to prove a cer­tain suprema­cy over other crea­tures. As long as we won‘t have dis­cov­ered super­nat­ur­al life, humans regard them­selves as being the pride of cre­ation. Ok, then — all is fine!

Finishability

“Fin­isha­bil­i­ty” is a qual­i­ta­tive term that describes the ease of being able to screed and fin­ish con­crete. But you could also use it in other con­texts, such as in com­mu­ni­ca­tion. If you’re equipped with a cer­tain fin­isha­bil­i­ty, peo­ple will lis­ten to you, under­stand you and coöper­ate with you. Think of fin­isha­bil­i­ty as an anti­dote to infor­ma­tion over­load, as the Econ­o­mist’s Tom Standage sug­gests. One of the inte­gral fea­tures of the Inter­net are

Does behavioral data facilitate the next quantum leap in human evolution?

What makes Homo Sapi­ens supe­ri­or to other ani­mals? We are weak­er and slow­er, but our brains are 3–5 times big­ger than those of our near­est species, the Orang Utans. Are the achieve­ments of build­ing the atom­ic bomb or invent­ing the inter­net the main dif­fer­en­tia­tors? Of course not — what makes Homo Sapi­ens supe­ri­or is his abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate and to be social — his cul­tur­al foun­da­tion. About 300,000 years ago,

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