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#4 - presentdent (10/13/2013) [-]
I think the great thing about humanity is that we have the ability to make ourselves smarter. I'm not talking about studying or learning -- that's experience. Most intelligent animals gain experience. A chimpanzee learns to use a rock to hammer nuts rather than his fist. A wolf finds the best places to hunt. But it is only human beings, with our languages and our dedication to recording the past, thus preserving the experiences of our ancestors, that makes our species as a whole 'smarter.' One person might not be able to understand the brain... but over three millenia of collected writings on the mind? And over three centuries of writing on neuroscience? I think we're getting pretty damn close.   
   
So 			****		 everyone that has ever said, 'humans are just another animal and entirely insignificant in the grand scheme of things.' As far as we know, we are the only animal that can do this -- as such, it is our duty to ever strive to be better, smarter, and wiser. We are something special, independent of religion or atheism, and we are shepherds of this planet and its knowledge.
I think the great thing about humanity is that we have the ability to make ourselves smarter. I'm not talking about studying or learning -- that's experience. Most intelligent animals gain experience. A chimpanzee learns to use a rock to hammer nuts rather than his fist. A wolf finds the best places to hunt. But it is only human beings, with our languages and our dedication to recording the past, thus preserving the experiences of our ancestors, that makes our species as a whole 'smarter.' One person might not be able to understand the brain... but over three millenia of collected writings on the mind? And over three centuries of writing on neuroscience? I think we're getting pretty damn close.

So **** everyone that has ever said, 'humans are just another animal and entirely insignificant in the grand scheme of things.' As far as we know, we are the only animal that can do this -- as such, it is our duty to ever strive to be better, smarter, and wiser. We are something special, independent of religion or atheism, and we are shepherds of this planet and its knowledge.
#8 to #4 - CHARGERZ (10/14/2013) [-]
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#12 to #4 - ofmiceandmen (10/14/2013) [-]
This guy knows what's going on.
This guy knows what's going on.
User avatar #29 to #4 - javalavalay **User deleted account** (10/14/2013) [-]
well someone out there uses that smarts and gives us gaddamn super powers.

User avatar #30 to #4 - BubsyB (10/14/2013) [-]
fuk up faget
#33 to #4 - serotonin (10/14/2013) [-]
I am sick and tired of people thinking that humanity is cancer of earth/virus/blah.
I am sick and tired of people thinking that humanity is cancer of earth/virus/blah.
#36 to #4 - ihateaccountnames (10/14/2013) [-]
I agree, up until your final paragraph. We many be the only animal thus far able to understand, collaborate vast quantities of information, but that doesn't make our existence any less futile from an objective standpoint. In our view, it makes us 'better', but it's completely incorrect to say we are 'something special' compared to other life forms. Different, maybe, but in no way superior.

Human arrogance and the anthropocentrism of religions is what you should be attacking, not those who humbly recognise our place in the universe.
#39 to #4 - rupok ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
its sound good and all but then you realize how stupid most of the human race is.
#40 to #39 - presentdent (10/14/2013) [-]
But think how much more stupid they could be!
#14 to #4 - semilunarknight (10/14/2013) [-]
Well said good sir. Although out abilities come at a price. But I'll leave it up to philosophers to discuss that.   
   
Also I read something about a whole lot of people attempting to simulate a human brain within the next 10 years.
Well said good sir. Although out abilities come at a price. But I'll leave it up to philosophers to discuss that.

Also I read something about a whole lot of people attempting to simulate a human brain within the next 10 years.
#31 to #4 - anon (10/14/2013) [-]
And yet here we are spending your time on Funnyjunk
#11 to #4 - mrbongo (10/14/2013) [-]
I have no reaction pics to convey my approval of this post, so please take this gif.
I have no reaction pics to convey my approval of this post, so please take this gif.
#1 - regfridge (10/13/2013) [-]
And if I try to further understand this post, my brain would be so overloaded it melts.
#5 - wonderpoop (10/14/2013) [-]
The longer I think, the more it hurts.
The longer I think, the more it hurts.
User avatar #3 - pfccross (10/13/2013) [-]
Civilization V mother ****** . thats where i first heard that quote. i forget who said it though.
#23 - princessren (10/14/2013) [-]
aren't these suppose to be in the form of a question?
aren't these suppose to be in the form of a question?
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#41 - anon (10/14/2013) [-]
that just means that it is that simple... and we are that simple that we dont understand it...
User avatar #37 - ichbinlegion **User deleted account** (10/14/2013) [-]
Lightbulb, calm down!
User avatar #42 to #37 - darksideofthebeast (10/14/2013) [-]
I laughed pretty hard when I seen your comment and looked up.

THEN WE' BE so SIMI' TMT WE
#44 to #42 - CHODYTHEBLAKGUY (10/14/2013) [-]
IE m BRAIN WERE SIMPLE
what lightbulb is telling me
#16 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
That makes no mathematical sense. Like if 3 is so insignificant to be less than 4, then it's so insignificant to be less than 2. Not only is it false, but there's no logical way to ever make that conclusion.
User avatar #17 to #16 - Crusader (10/14/2013) [-]
No, that's not what it's saying at all.

It's saying that there is a direct correlation between intelligence and complexity in the brain, if the brain were simple/small, we wouldn't be able to understand it because we would then no longer be able to have the complex thought processes that allow us to understand it.
User avatar #18 to #17 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
So you're making an incorrect correlation between brain size and functionality.
User avatar #19 to #18 - Crusader (10/14/2013) [-]
It's not incorrect, generally the larger the brain, the more intelligent the creature, etc.

Hence why humans, having a relatively large brain, are intelligent, whereas an animal, like an ostrich is not.
User avatar #22 to #21 - Crusader (10/14/2013) [-]
No, it's not.

It says in that article itself that size does play a role, but so does complexity.
and like I said in my original comment
"if the brain were simple/small"

When talking about intelligence we can compare it to weight.
There are various ways a brain can be intelligent, just like weight can be high, you can have a large, but simple brain like a tall, normal width person, both of which would be above average in their respective fields.
or you can have a small complex brain that is like have a short but fat person.

Or, you can have a large complex brain (like in humans) or a tall fat person, each of which reach their respective maximums.

Like that article says, if the brain is simple, then the creature is simple, but if ai brain is small, then it can also cause a creature not to be intelligent because there isn't enough space for everything to fit.
Think of it like a canvas, you can have the most complex painting in the world, but if the canvas is too small, it doesn't work, or you have the biggest canvas in the world, yet still only have a rudimentary painting.

Of course size alone does not matter, but to say that there is no correlation between size and intelligence, is incorrect, I have yet to see any animals with small brains accomplish what humans have.
#24 to #22 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
Brain size is an insignificant correlation. Like dolphins have brains that are physically bigger than our own, yet we're the ones driving around in screaming metal deathtraps that run on liquified dinosaurs.

An octopus has a brain that encompasses its entire body, and therefore has no realistic "size" that can be compared to other animals.

Elephants have brains that are bigger than some rats, yet how would you compare their intelligence levels, realistically? Hell, elephant brains are physically bigger than any humans brain as is true with dolphins, mentioned above, yet they have the same shortcoming with screaming metal dealtraps as well (also mentioned above.)

You're taking something so insignificant that it's almost false and trying to turn it into something prophetic.
User avatar #25 to #24 - thekeeperofthumbs (10/14/2013) [-]
I love how you're ignoring the complexity bit.
Please stop trying, you're only making yourself more laughable
User avatar #26 to #25 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
Because the complexity part is true, the part about relative size is a fallacy.
User avatar #27 to #26 - thekeeperofthumbs (10/14/2013) [-]
>the post apparently mentioned size
Also, you've already demonstrated that point, you don't need to do it again
User avatar #28 to #27 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
It only makes sense for me to call out the parts that are wrong, and ignore the parts that are right.

Or would you rather I call ******** on the parts that are true?
User avatar #47 to #28 - thekeeperofthumbs (10/14/2013) [-]
Nah, I'd rather you simply acknowledged it. Finishing your comment with "you are right about that other part though" would have sufficed
User avatar #49 to #47 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
I'd already done that, though you may have missed it because I didn't specifically play to your ego by saying that you were right about something. I figured you were smart enough to infer it for yourself.
User avatar #32 to #28 - justanhyena (10/14/2013) [-]
I've read this whole thread, I'm not that much of smart person but please consider my next sentences:
The brain is complicated in the fact that it evolved (with the generations) trying to make us able to do, what we can do, as we need to be; but not only that, it's also a dilemma between smartness, memory, reflexes, coordination, capacity to learn, imagination and all those things.

But the brain also changes itself (during our lifespan), the nerves connections change and new ones can also be created, thanks to that the more you are training at "pen spinning" the better you become at it because the nerves connections responsible of your coordination became better and because you have more of them.

The brain has his own limits too, limits that we don't know yet, last reason I know to explain we don't understand the brain yet.
Thanks for reading.
#34 to #32 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
I'm kidding, you should've caught me 2 months ago. I started taking brain science classes this semester and if I acted like that every time they said something ********* , it'd stick like that.
User avatar #45 to #34 - justanhyena (10/14/2013) [-]
Copy that. It was a message towards the whole thread though, but it's okay I guess.
#46 to #18 - xpxpxpxp (10/14/2013) [-]
Not size. Complexity.

The higher the intelligence, the more complex the brain is.
User avatar #48 to #46 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
Ok, when you guys stumble upon this conversation, do you even bother reading the other parts of it, or just the beginning?
#50 to #48 - xpxpxpxp (10/14/2013) [-]
I only read your first comment and the one I replied

After reading those I wasn't willing to risk to read another one.
User avatar #51 to #50 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
And in doing so, you ended up looking silly, because I've already made the point you made.
#52 to #51 - xpxpxpxp (10/14/2013) [-]
That's right.

But it was worth the risk.
User avatar #53 to #52 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
Well if you think looking stupid was worth the slight mental exertion of reading a few extra comments, then maybe you are at stupid as I was trying to not assume you were.
#54 to #53 - xpxpxpxp (10/14/2013) [-]
If any of it was along the same lines as the nonsensical comparison in your first comment then it was definitely worth skipping in my opinion.
User avatar #55 to #54 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
Except that it wasn't, and you acknowledged that, meaning you were either lying, or you're trying to save some face in the decision you made that makes you look like a complete tool.
#56 to #55 - xpxpxpxp (10/14/2013) [-]
It wasn't? How can you know what I would think of you comments?
And acknowledge what? I only acknowledged looking silly and that it worth the risk of reading anything as incomprehensible as your original comment.
Saving face? lol.. what are you even on about?

I'm not even sure why or what you're trying to say here.

Ironically this is exactly why I didn't bother reading the rest, I don't know if it's because you misunderstood me or you are simply unable to construct a coherent sentence but I can't seem to make much sense of what you're saying.

User avatar #57 to #56 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
That sounds like a personal problem.
User avatar #35 to #18 - aldheim (10/14/2013) [-]
The post says simple, not small.
User avatar #38 to #35 - lolollo ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
OP said small, not the content.
User avatar #9 - veettrees (10/14/2013) [-]
But we can understand it! We understand a lot and we learn more every day.
#20 to #9 - myelfeyesseeporn (10/14/2013) [-]
Exactly, we learn more everyday. Thus, we don't understand it, as we're still finding out more and more
#6 - lordraine ONLINE (10/14/2013) [-]
MAYBE THAT'S WHY WE CAN'T HMMM
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