Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Neoteny

A concept worth having.

I post it so that I won't keep forgetting the word...

5 Comments:

Blogger Dark Avenger said...

Interesting article. The objection to long legs going against neotonous development in humans can be met by the Endurance running hypothesis, which postulates that we hominds became runners first for scavenging, then for hunting, and as this video shows, humans are uniquely adapted for running down even the fastest of of African herbivores.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

ZOMG thanks for that video!!! I've seen it before, but had forgotten about it. I LOVE THAT THING.

Everything about that is awesome. Talk about the genius of humanity on display... Jesus, those guys. It coheres with one of my pet theories that part of our greatness lies in our obsessional nature... Think about the freaking relentlessness of these guys, the focus...not to mention the mixture of incredible skills, the analytic tracking skills, then the reversion to something like imagination when he has to "put himself into the mind of the kudu" to form a hypothesis about where it went. Then the respect with which the animal is treated...something so far from our, if I might sound like a kook for a second, casual mass murder in factory slaughterhouses...

That thing is just amazing from begining to end. Those guys are unfreakingbelievable.

Humans are amazing.

And also: you are in a world of hurt if they decide they want to eat you...

Thanks again DA. I'm going to go watch that again.

(And not yet mentioned: the David Attenborough narration...dude is incomparable.)

6:14 PM  
Blogger Dark Avenger said...

What they do takes guts, figuratively and literally.

What these guys do, takes balls.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Jesus, I hadn't seen that one before. Amazing. I'm surprised those guys can even walk around with cojones that enormous. Walking up and taking the kill away fro a pride of lions? Seriously???

Humans are awesome.

These humans in particular...

8:46 AM  
Blogger Dark Avenger said...

I like the following from Cracked.com about them:

It takes more people to successfully cover a Radiohead song, yet these dudes stroll in like they're booting a bunch of 12-year-olds off of a basketball court, and it totally works. The trick, according to the crusty English narrator who has never done anything like this before in his entire life, is to both maintain and project confidence, which is advice typically reserved for dating blogs, not situations where you're confronting a giant ravenous machine that sees you as a delicious walking hot dog.

and this from the same article about whale hunters, another perspective like what you said about the hunter and the kudu:

Once the whale is finally too exhausted and wounded to continue, the whalers drag it back to shore, singing a song that is part gratitude and part apology to ease the whale's departing spirit. Every part of the whale is then harvested as either food or resources to sustain the entire town. Before you write it all off as gruesome or cruel, think of how many times you've bothered to sing to a bucket of KFC as you drove it back to your family. The answer is probably less than five, and you didn't participate in any stage of the chicken hunt.

http://www.cracked.com/article_20121_the-6-manliest-ways-people-still-hunt-food_p2.html

11:42 PM  

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