HOMO SAPIENS (HS)
From different view – points
- FOGGY…..LIMITED SIGHT
Christian fundamentalism suggests that HS was created recently (< 10 K years ago) and that she is the pinnacle of the Creation. God, as the Creator, exists in the background, somewhere, and exercises full control and decision rights over HS. There are also Christian groups that do not share the Bible’s creation story by the letter, but a supernatural God is a very influential part of their daily existence. Christians always have explanations to why God is letting things happen which are obviously totally against his principles of goodness e.g. when a very good person suffers immensely.
An honest Bayesian look into these stories about HS can not produce a high probability of being correct. I leave it to pastors and priests to continue to peddle these stories and will not spill more words on them here.
- A SOMEWHAT BETTER VISIBILITY
HS and the chimps have a common heritage but parted ways about 7 M years ago. Natural Selection evolved them into very different creatures.
About 70 K years ago a mutation set HS on a very fast and unique path of evolution. Soon she had taken command of much of life on Earth and we could find her in almost every corner thereof. HS even neutralized parts of the biological Evolution. HS intelligence and ability to cooperate in big numbers, with the help of an efficient language, is the probable cause of her dominance.
HS organization got ever more efficient and now we have houses and cities, roads and air traffic , countries and governments and religions as prominent proof of her ability. Internet not to forget.
Earlier HS lost much of her freedom to shamans, village-bosses, Gods and religions, kings and governments and capital owners. Less than 400 years ago the blood of Swedish farmers were wasted in wars on the European continent. Why? Ask the Swedish Kings. It was not in the interest of the Swedish farmers, that’s for sure. Even the Christian Bishops have part-responsibility for the bad luck of the slaughtered HS.
The common HS had not much value apart as producer of food stuff and as a soldier.
But the increasing numbers of HS requested more food and more soldiers were also needed for the frequent wars and thesedevelopments contributed to increase the personal value of HS. HS regained her value, little by little.
Governments started to realize the value of HS as producer of food and as soldiers. This lead to improvements in hygiene, medical research and medicines and fight against the frequent epidemics; also food got better. The Liberalism entered the picture.
Governments detected that HS with motivation through self-appreciation and more freedom was more efficient in production and as soldier. President Woodrof Wilson in USA was the one who said that the role of women in the 1st world war was crucial for the victory and was fighting for betterment of their terms and status in society.
Thus, HS was increasingly told about her value and Free Will and even today many (most?) HS believe that she has a Free Will. This makes it easier to influence HS w/o her noticing it.
( Sciences have searched very carefully for the ‘soul’ and an ‘I’ but came up empty handed i.e they did not find any entity that could exercise a Free Will! Free Will is obviously an illusion) However, it is important that HS, at the poll station, believes that she has a Free Will. This is one kind of manipulation contained even in the so called democratic system and may be one reason why this belief is ‘tolerated’.
Liberalism gave rights to vote for almost everyone and soon a glorious period of co-governing dawned on HS equipped with freedom and self-esteem, in her quest for happiness.
UN gave HS ‘human rights’ as a global phenomenon i.e. HS tried to give herself a valuable gift. Humanism grew to the dignity of religion. One HS = one vote. Rich or poor.
Right now many a power broker asks himself if it was wise to give HS so much power.
Examples: Trump was elected against his Party’s will.
Duterte grabbed power to clean up in corrupt drug – infested Philippines.
In Sweden the right wing SD Party could establish itself and continues to grow in front of aghast traditional politicians.
In many other places similar power shifts are underway and traditional power structures can not avoid being scrutinized by representatives for the mass-movement.
BUT …… HS period of glory seems to be short; she is already replacing herself with AI. In many areas AI is outperforming HS; HS is loosing ground very fast.
Harari suggests that increasing numbers of HS will not be able to find jobs during the 21st century as she is loosing economic and military value. Simultaneously the advances in biotechnology coupled with enormous information-technology-systems will enable a top level (those who can afford) to perform much better than the average HS. New social levels will occur within HS domain. HS replacing herself is a possibility. When the horse carriage was out-competed by the cars we did not improve the horses; we replaced them.
This is what the latest religion — Dataism — has to offer, according to Harari.
It is up to everyone to speculate in what the future will look like. Only one thing is clear….. It will not look like today.
The story above deals with things that HS can be aware of through her senses and information-processing capacity, which constitutes a very small part of Totality/Universe. We can only see electro-magnetic radiation between 400 -700 nanometer (visible light) , which is a very small part of the total spectrum. This is a good illustration of the general situation for HS.
- CLEAR SIGHT
HS is a collection of algorithms (A) that can be explained by quantum physics; she is functioning according to the laws of physics. If enough computing capacity was available we could calculate everything that was and will be. A are self learning. Entrophy is the time vector. A steadily requests new information; if lacking, HS experiences boredom (in her domain) and looses interest.
The above is a super-compressed way of illustrating how one and the same phenomenon can be described in different ways, depending on in which domain you are: in the realm of objective realism or in HS domain. This is not a problem, however, as long as the different ways are not opposing each other.
But the description according to 1. is opposing – internally as well as externally – and would pass an honest Bayesian scrutiny with very low probability.
(A quite different aspect: is it possible to find a HS who is totally free of bias and would be able to do an honest Bayesian evaluation? Maybe we have to wait for AI to produce such an evaluator?)
( These are some of my thoughts after reading the latest books of Sean Carroll and Yuval Harari. Please, note that Freeman Dyson’s definition of life , 2006, ( Life is a material system …..) is similar to Harari’s Dataism. I have promoted his definition frequently in blogs lately)