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…

Capuchins. Tools. Doing nothing… something?

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The capuchin monkeys of Serra da Capivara National Park in Brazil are well known for using rocks. They use them as hammers to crack open nuts. They use them for digging. They even use them to show off to potential mates. Now scientists report that they also spend time banging stones together, for no clear reason, producing sharp-edged stone flakes that are just like some of the first tools of early humans. (1)

Making tools but not using them.

Doing things just… because.

It reminds me of humans.

See that man sitting alone under the tree.

He is smiling. He is not doing anything.

And yet. In a weird unworldly way, he is doing much more than anyone else…

Human Condition: Irrevocable damage. Homo Ergaliomaniacus.

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New research gives researchers a unique glimpse at how humans develop an ability to use tools in childhood while nonhuman primates – such as capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees – remain only occasional tool users. The advantage is said to stem from humans using vision to use tools. Instead of depending on sight, nonhuman primates often used their sense of touch, known as their haptic senses, to feel how the object fit into the space. [1]

This is one way of seeing this. The other way is to read Hannah Arendt’s “The human condition” and see beyond the surface of the phenomena.

What seems “advanced” it is finally not. Humans from thinkers, relying on their noεs, have become tool users – relying on their ever-lying senses. We have become addicted to work. We have stopped sensing the cosmos with our inner senses. Afraid to stay alone with our selves. We crave for tools. Forgetting that the greatest tool of them all is not a tool at all. Afraid to do nothing. We must always do something. Forgetting that doing nothing is the best thing we will ever do.

Oh snails! These great philosophers!