Given that the universe, and life on earth, unfolds in seamless wholeness, how did nature make such a mistake as man? And has evolution provided us a way out of our man-made disorder?
The human brain evolved the most powerful adaptation in any species—to extract reified ‘things’ from nature, manipulate them, and accumulate knowledge. This “cognitive revolution,” a breakthrough that occurred 100-200,000 years ago in southern or eastern Africa, was “exapted” for symbolic thought from a more primitive human brain. The exaptation of symbolic thought enabled Homo sapiens to have diverse languages, art, cultures and eventually, science.
No one knows what drove the brain’s enlargement, but the evidence is clear: morphology precedes, not follows, innovation in nature. In other words, nature can only produce innovations (like flight