Have our Arms Developed Civilisation?

I swear neither of us had been drinking when this thought struck, (Honest). It was one of those weird ideas that seeped its way into our conversation as we were talking about evolution. How it is that humans are the way they are today, walking upright but with very useful arms with the common hand we take for granted at the end. This marvel with its fingers and opposable thumb allowing us to hold things with such ease.

It then prompted the question about  how our arms, in particular, have played their part in where humanity as a civilisation has developed itself to today.

We wondered if humans had originally, when they evolved from the primordial soup, evolved to have four arms, would we have developed our current civilisation, as we know it today, faster?

We know that crazy idea needs some explanation so here is an initial thought to ponder. (Bear with us we think we do make sense eventually!)

After leaving the primordial soup, walking on all fours on dry land then over millions of years slowly evolving into the upright bipedal ape form we recognise today we now have our arms and hands as they are more or less today, so civilisation begins they say.

Most know that humans originally rubbed two sticks together to make fire. Yet this must have taken a long time to achieve initially. Now, had they had four arms, would this have enabled humanity to make fire quicker, (You know more sticks, faster rubbing.), perhaps making it even make it more common sooner? After all if something is hard to achieve then it takes much longer to propagate through a society. If it is an easier thing to do then more people adopt it quicker.

With fire having been widespread quicker through that early civilisation, we ask the question, “Would this have led to the ages of civilisation being reached much faster?” Those we today know as the Stone, Bronze, Iron, Industrial, even perhaps the technological age of today? After all in todays civilisation we use robots with multiple limbs to develop things quicker for our benefit these days. (This is like having many arms right?). Hence back to our thought where if humans had evolved with four arms then would humanity be further forward in where civilisation would be developed to now over that same time span?

Let us try to explain this a little bit further as fire is only one simple example that we have used so far. Here is another part of our thinking that humans with four arms may have developed our advanced civilisation quicker.

There is also that saying, “Two pairs of hand are better than one!” Which we all know is a very true statement as it is easier to achieve something together than on our own.

Taking that in to account could this mean that the wheel may have been easy to first create? Maybe if two people had worked on it, one to hold the stone whilst the other was shaping it perhaps, it would have been made quicker. Yet with one person trying to make a wheel he may have struggled to hold and shape it with just two arms and hands? So human time ticked by until two people came together doing the right thing together before the wheel finally came to be an easy thing to make. Yet with four arms that one person could have managed to make the wheel easily on his own.

There must be many moments in time where this has also been the case where time was lost as the development had to wait for two people to be in the right place, at the same time with those two pairs of hands. Yet had they had four arms it would only have needed one person thus time would have been saved and those pivotal moments of development reached far quicker.

Now here is a weird postulation to try and add credence to this idea by the fact that Dinosaurs never developed anything as they had no arms at all to use to do so. I know most would say that it was their mental capacity was so poor, (Mind you there are some humans that seem have that same trait!), yet there were some smarter Dinosaurs that were much smarter, like the “raptors”, who are thought to have had problem solving intelligence plus an ability to communicate. Perhaps given more evolved usable arms they might have achieved things we might think unbelievable.

Here is another thought that had humans not developed the arms as we know them today, is it possible we would still be an undeveloped civilisation not having made fire, the wheel, developed the Stone, Bronze, Iron and today’s technology eras? In fact would we simply be another form of animal no different to any other that might even have been wiped out by those higher up the food chain as we would never have developed the weapons to protect or hunt others to survive?

How did nature know to give us larger brains because we had would have arms?

(c) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2017

New Years Resolutions, A Negative Thing?

It is that time of year were both of us hear that almost traditionally ludicrous saying from everyone, “What are you New Years Resolutions?” We both share the same opinion on this so here is that thought to justify this Blog’s title.

Why make resolutions on just this one day of the year? New-Years-Resolution There are 364, (Well 365 every four years apparently.), other days in a year that you can also make these life changing decisions. If your going to quit smoking, or get fit or many of the other promises you make to yourself then don’t wait until this one day of the year, do it on the day you think about doing it.

As Nike would say, “Just Do It!

If you think about it, it’s almost an excuse to keep putting something off by saying, “Yes I will make that one of my New Years resolutions!” Suppose it is June, that’s six whole months you don’t do something good for yourself because you wait for New Years Eve. If your really determined to actually do something then you will do it on the day you make that decision. It really does not need a special date in the calendar to achieve it. Come on you know what we are saying here is true.

For us New Years Resolutions are a negative thing for people as it limits drastically when people will try to better themselves. In reality it is just one of three hundred and sixty five days that they can make life resolutions to improve themselves or others.

So why wait, make that life change any day of the year and feel better sooner!

(c) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2017

Is That Girl Actually a Woman?

Recently whilst we were chatting, Lamo referred to Harlin as a ‘Girl’ in an automatic response with no thought to having used this term. For some reason the thought struck him were he then asked the question, when should you use the term ‘Girl’ or ‘Woman’ when addressing the fairer sex? As he wondered if Girl could be seen as not rude as such but perhaps a little demeaning to an adult Woman. When he asked Harlin about this, she thought for a bit and responded with this definition of when a Girl becomes a Woman;

“When she knows how to handle her self.”

Which to be fair is probably a great transition point as it shows that she has matured. Lamo said that this makes it very difficult for a man then as if he uses girl then he is risking himself saying he does not think the woman capable of handling herself. (A comment that may lead to him learning very quickly that she can of course handle herself!).

Harlin added, well we could ask the same question: “How do you know whether a guy should be addressed as a Boy or a Man?” This of course is a good counterpoint.

Talking it through we started to think that the male side does not have that same level of impact. For it is rare to call a grown man ‘Boy‘ or at least this seems to be the case. When addressing a guy, “Hey Man” tends to be the common phrase; whereas “Hey Boy” is more reserved for two other things. First a younger male not yet adult and also Dogs! (Seriously think about how people call their dogs in the park!). “Hey Boy” or “Come here boy” although to be fair goes for female Dogs to actually, as they are often referred to as girl of course which almost cancels that argument out.

If people are talking about a woman they would use either in conversation, “Oh that girl is….” or “That woman she is..” Opposing this, when you talk about an adult male you nearly would always say, “Oh that man…” not “Oh that boy..“, there is  a clearer distinction for some reason on the guy’s side.

We then wondered if, without being sexist, it just comes down to the older generational ways were women were more objectified back then? So men would talk much more about them than the other way round. Thus there are more words for referencing a woman than a man? It sounds really bad but a few generations ago women were maybe more prim and proper and would not talk in the more formal ways we all do now, so woman had less of those word references for men. As time has progressed the way both genders referenced each other it may have created this difference between why “man & boy” are easier to define against “girl and woman” in conversations?

Lets get back to the topic of the female side, by definition in the education books will tell you Girl is a younger female whereas Woman is an adult version, although these days what age is classed as this manifestation point? Sixteen, Eighteen or is it that US version of Twenty One when you are considered mature enough that you can sip on alcohol so you must be an adult and now a woman not a girl?

Harlin raised the point whether this transition based around puberty time, when one undergoes those drastic physical changes like gaining curves and muscles, (And the other things this period brings of course.), depending on the gender. Is it at this point a girl becomes a young woman or even a woman? (Or of course a boy a young man or man.)

Then we have to ask, what makes someone female a young woman? Is it after they go through that fun time of puberty, are they then a “Young Woman” who has yet to, as Harlin says, “learn to handle herself” and become a full woman? What makes this even more confusing, (If your not you are doing well!), is there are people who use the term, young woman to refer to a girl, (That’s the dictionary defined one where she is not yet old enough to be an adult) nor has she reached puberty, but because she shows a very mature attitude for her age. (See how men get so very confused?) She is then addressed as such as a sign of respect for her attitude.

We wonder that although the use of woman for an adult of the fairer sex is probably the politically correct term that girl is used between people who know each other well as a sign of affection. It shows a level of comfort between them where political correctness is not creating barriers. (Like the world is not seeing Political Correctness going mad in recent years!). Yet even so you still hear people using phrases like, “You go girl” when referring to someone they don’t actually know as yet another contradictory example.

 

With all this in mind then are girl and woman more interchangeable than the dictionary would have it defined or is there a threshold where the first does naturally become the second?

If so is this an age point where this happens or as Harlin’s definition she has matured to handle herself, which of course could be any age. With, “young woman”, perhaps being a period of transition time between where they come to terms with having grown from a girl on their way to becoming a woman yet there is still more to learn.

Or could these be these are simply phrases that are applied by society when the individual has proved worthy of them as rewards for the different levels of maturity?

Obviously between friends, well then nothing really matters, so you refer to each other however you like!

(c) 2017 Harlin & Lamo The Lion

Oceans of Alcohol

We know, what a very odd party type title to one of our thoughts? Actually we were talking about the English tradition of raising a glass at someones birthday and giving a little toast to wish them a happy one.

Lamo then from no where wondered the following, no he was not under the influence of alcohol at the time, just the crazy way we think.

Is it possible that there is a Planet out there in the Universe where somehow the oceans have plants that produce sugars. Perhaps other ingredients required and the water is warmed at its surface enough that these can ferment to form alcohol? Over millions of years could this ocean become alcoholic?

It might not be conducive to producing life, well if it did that life may develop liver issues very early on, or evolution might give it one hell of an efficient one to deal with the alcohol in the water!

Does make you wonder though what sort of different things might be happening on other worlds to our own. Although this is more in jest as we talk about it, if it did happen and life was born from such oceans, what it would evolve to be?

(c) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2017