Tools: God. Humans. Apes.

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Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists found out that the apes carefully weighed their options. To do so the apes considered the details such as differences in quality between the two food rewards and the functionality of the available tools in order to obtain a high-quality food reward. (1)

Using tools to harness the cosmos.

Apes.

Letting go of the tools to see the cosmos.

Humans.

Closing your eyes to know that you are the cosmos.

God.

Evolution does exist. But not in the direction we think of. We used to be gods. And then we started being humans. At the end, we will have the best tools in the world. And we will be nothing more than apes…

Question your assumptions.

And what is left, will be nothing more than the obvious…

You.

Sitting by the river. Feeling the forest.

With no forest anywhere in sight…

Human culture. Ape’s culture. Human stupidity.

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The ability to build up knowledge over generations, called cumulative culture, has given humankind language and technology. While it was thought to be limited to humans until now, researchers have recently found that baboons are also capable of cumulative culture. (1)

We believe culture is about language and technology.
But this is not culture.
Apes have language and technology (“tools”).

Look at a great painting.
Listen to a great piece of music.
Just stand by Hagia Sophia.

This is culture.
Things we cannot express in words.
Things we can just sit in awe and admire.

Get your iPhone my dear ape.
Leave culture to humans…

Reading books. Making things. Darwin right. Darwin wrong…

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In the small town of Fayetteville in northern New York, you’ll find the local library in an old furniture factory dating from the turn of the 20th century. The refurbished building retains hints of its industrial past: wooden floors, exposed beams, walls lined with carefully labelled tools.

But instead of quietly perusing stacks of books, many of the patrons are crowded around a suite of 3D printers. One machine is midway through a pink mobile phone case; another is finishing up a toy sword.

This is Fayetteville’s maker lab – and it may very well be the future of libraries.

In 2011, Fayetteville became the first public library in the US to set up a maker lab. Besides 3D printers, the space features a laser cutter, electronics kits, workshop tools, Raspberry Pi computers and an array of sewing machines. It functions somewhere between a classroom and a start-up incubator – a place where people from all over the region can get involved with state-of-the-art technology. (1)

Soon enough we will stop reading.
Soon enough we will just be mimicking others.
Soon enough we will just build based on what we have learnt.
Soon enough we will just be just a species of apes.
Soon enough Darwin will be right…

Mimicking apes, Knowing humans…

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NEED to learn a new language but would rather watch TV shows instead? A new software app aims to let you do both at once.

Once downloaded, Fleex extracts the subtitle data in video footage stored on your computer or online – whether it’s a movie in the language you want to learn or YouTube footage – and presents subtitles in both your native language and your target language. (1)

Repeat something many times and you will learn it.
But is that so important?
Could something which is so easy be truly critical?
Are we just mimicking apes?

True knowledge is in your self.
You already know it.
You just have to acknowledge it…

BBC and Apes, the new generation!

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The initial page of the BBC.co.uk is full of news concerning apes and other primates. How apes communicate with iPads (!!! Yes you read correctly), how apes change their behaviour depending on who is watching them in the zoo et cetera et cetera… Some people claim that “what you want becomes reality”. After so much time being in love with apes, we can only hope for the best…