Bennett 1998 and 2006 2223 If we think of ourselves as evolutionary descendants, we have a choice We can continue to view ourselves as the living product of evolution, with all the potential we have had to become something new and valuable and make an impact in a changing world, or we can start to feel sorry for ourselves, and see all our ancestors as we do.

“ We have no reason to think about our biological ancestors as the closest of ‘species’; to be as distinct as possible from our modern descendants. Yet our species is the most successful species in modern history. It makes no sense that we have not lived up to this promise. Our brain is a great example of a device that is too big, too complicated, and too specialized to survive for long periods of time…. Our ancestors, too, had to develop novel ways of seeing before we could adapt to the modern world.” (Caucasus, The Origins of Human Sociability: Theories and Methods of Archaeology, 2000, Vol. 2.)

“ “ We are in fact in deep evolutionary trouble; but the evolutionary consequences of such trouble are not clear…. What is clear is that the new science of human behavior shows us that we are not the descendants of Homo sapiens: and we must be the descendants of Neanderthals or some other species. … [There is] no way that human behavior would have evolved, so radically, without the influence of the evolution of Neanderthals…. Our ancestors were, at the edge of the African continent, already in contact with the various other species…. Since they were close enough to man to be intimately familiar with his actions and speech, and could have absorbed and used most of those words–our words–the ancestors of ourselves could have transmitted certain ideas to us. … Neanderthals were probably an extended family, sharing more than one name…. Our parents and grandparents may have borrowed many new words from Neanderthals–namely, tool-using. … Our ancestors would have made us tools–and, once they did, we would have used these tools to make other things. And, at this point, we are in deep trouble. We are doomed. In the process, one species replaced another…. Homo sapiens, whose ancestors were more primitive than Neanderthals, must find itself outside the circle of life. It would have to live in caves; where the only food they would have would be the leaves of trees…. Our best estimate is that Homo sapiens has a higher rate of intelligence than any other species. However, our intelligence is only part of our evolutionary potential. Our capacity for learning is only a small part. Our capacity for complex movement is an even smaller part. We are only just coming into the developmental stage of the capacity for knowledge or perception…. In part, of course, this makes for an interesting story. History is filled with attempts to solve some hard problems by applying a few of our psychological ideas to the new problems. It seems more than likely that, under certain circumstances, we would choose to solve problems differently. If the problems are in fact hard–as they’re claimed to be…. they are not the sort of problems that a child will have to solve; nor the sort that a child who is mature and intelligent will have to solve.” (Bennett 1998 and 2006: 22-23)

“ “ If we think of ourselves as evolutionary descendants, we have a choice: We can continue to view ourselves as the living product of evolution, with all the potential we have had to become something new and valuable and make an impact in a changing world, or we can start to feel sorry for ourselves, and see all our ancestors as we do. And if we can find something that is a better, or even a similar, way to live, we can do it…. Nowhere is this more true than in our attitudes about our own mortality. The notion that our lives deserve to end is a relic of our more primitive days. We only live to a ripe old age, and after that, as our years get shorter, we think that we’re gonna die. We want our life to be just long enough to finish all of our obligations. We think it is important that we should go out with a happy, full life…. … It is probably true, as Freud suggested, that people with higher levels of intelligence have an ability to imagine that they are destined to live a very long life… We have a tendency to imagine that we’ll always be alive. …If we think of ourselves as the inheritors of the same culture, with all the qualities that come with belonging to a particular social group, then it is reasonable to suspect that we too will begin to imagine that we have a life to last.” (Dennett, 2000: 6)

“ “ If we believe the idea of our own mortality is an important force that guides our behavior, then at heart we are in a culture that will not have any place for a person like us. To accept such a theory would mean recognizing that our values and our beliefs about the future have no basis in facts, that there are no stable rules that might give us any sense of direction for the future. To accept the idea would mean that there is nothing we can do to stop our culture from dying. For we want to find the way out of it, to find an alternative that will make us happy and successful. We want something that will make us

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