Homo Sapiens

All people today are classified as Homo sapiens. Our species of humans first began to evolve somewhen between 200 to 300 thousand years ago.

All people today are classified as Homo Sapiens. Our species of humans first began to evolve somewhen between 200 to 300 thousand years ago. It is now clear that early Homo sapiens, or modern humans, did not come after the Neanderthals but were their contemporaries. However, it is likely that both modern humans and Neanderthals descended from Homo heidelbergensis.

200 thousand years? Recently discovered bones in a Moroccan mine thought to be up to 350 thousand years old are now believed to represent the earliest known Homo sapiens fossils.

Perhaps it’s time for a further evolutionary step: Why we’re closer than ever to a timeline for human evolution.

350K years old homo sapiens

Sense & Nonsense

Aaaaaaah! (Trailer) – by Steve Oram

I’m just glad Homo Sapiens has not rested evolving at the stage as shown in Aaaaaaaah!, a 2015 British horror comedy film containing no dialogue, with the cast communicating entirely in animalistic grunts. But then again, if we had evolved like that, we would not have anything else to compare with, would we?

The film Aaaaaaaah! was shot over two weeks during the summer of 2014. The critical reception has been positive, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 79% based on 14 reviews. The film went on to receive a British Independent Film Awards Nomination, as well as a special jury mention at Cleveland International Film Festival.

Even as Homo Sapiens is today, we take it for granted, normal and consider it a logic outcome that has succeeded previous development stages. But where is it going from here? How much longer could one safely state that David, representing the human species, was on the top of the food chain and entitled to behave as if he was the ruler of the universe?

That might all be nonsense but by applying the 6th, 7th and 8th sense, you might sense that this all does make sense. Believe it or not: Everything’s not at all senseless after all. The five senses make up human’s multitude of sensors: Sight (vision), hearing (audition), taste (gustation), smell (olfaction) and touch (tactition) are the five traditionally recognized senses. However, there are Our 8 Senses

“Human” – by Rag’n’Bone Man

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

The Future Of Humanity

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as author of international bestsellers.

He explains how revolutions in tech and society will transform our bodies and minds.

Can machines ever have consciousness? Is there an economic value in it? Does organic life any life over inorganic, artificial life? Dr Yuval Noah Harari answers questions from the audience following his talk.

The Future of Humanity – with Yuval Noah Harari
Overpopulation

In 2013, Sir David Attenborough said if humans did not control population, the natural world would and in 2018, he stated in an interview with the BBC’s Newsnight, that slowing population growth is key to saving the planet.

By 2025, World Population will probably be over 8 billion people. Around 2040, it could hit 9 billion and by 2100, it could reach a massive 11 billion people.

But don’t panic, there’s a limit says Prof. Hans Rosling

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
– Stephen Hawking

Shaping Own Evolution

Neil Harbisson: I listen to color

Like other species, we are the products of millions of years of adaptation. Now we’re taking matters into our own hands.

Meet the cyborg Neil Harbisson, a cyborg artist and transpecies activist based in New York City. He is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna mounted to his skull and for being legally recognized as a cyborg by a government.

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies.

Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color – and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.

Michelangelo’s David

The Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre marble statue of the Biblical figure David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. Michelangelo’s David has become a symbol of Homo Sapiens‘ strength and youthful beauty.

Later In The Universe

Vitruvian ManIt may be stated:

 

“Humans, taxonomically referred to as Homo Sapiens were the galaxy’s most numerous and politically dominant sentient species with millions of major and minor colonies galaxywide.

Believed to have originated on The Earth they could later be found anywhere, engaged in many different pursuits: spacers, mercenaries, smugglers, merchants, soldiers, assassins, farmers, crime lords, laborers, slaves, slavers, and many others.

Since Humans were the most common sentient species, they were often considered to be a standard or average to which the biology, psychology, and culture of other species were compared.”