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Homo Sapiens: Are We the First Software Species?


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Sophie
- 3275 days ago - dailygalaxy.com
For humans, our software, which we call our "culture," has become ever more important to our behavior. Homo sapiens sapiens is now predominately a software species, governed primarily by factors outside the genome, some of which are extrasomatic.



   

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gail dair (0)
Tuesday July 27, 2010, 11:41 pm
noted ty
 

Dave Kane (308)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:27 am
Main Entry: ex·tra·so·mat·ic
Pronunciation: \ˌek-strə-sō-ˈmat-ik\
Function: adjective
: of, relating to, or being something that exists external to and distinct from the individual human being or the human body

Yeah -- we have always been using tools -- software is another tool. Perhaps more addictive than other tools we have created -- surpassing TV -- which might be a good thing ; )
 

Terry B (649)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 7:03 am
Professor Hawking is right again. Most of the information we get is garbage.

So we may well be the first soft-headed species.
 

liz c (827)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 8:40 am
Noted. Thank you Sophie.
 

mr Crowley (23)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 12:30 pm
interesting, thanks!
 

. (0)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 4:24 pm
Very interesting ! Thankyou Sophie.
 

Julia S (9)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 1:59 am
interesting.. noted
 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday July 29, 2010, 7:13 am
We are the first species developing to be dumber and dumber.
 

Cindy Black (61)
Monday August 9, 2010, 3:21 pm
WOW..... this is EXACTLY what I have concluded and am trying to warn the world about. Basically, that there are 2 separate lines of evolution by which humans operate -- one "external" and one "internal." The internal process has evolved very negligibly since humans first walked upright, while the "external" has burst forth, evolving exponentially. This is ABSOLUTELY creating significant areas of disconnect. The internal system is built around certain conditions and contexts that simply don't exist anymore in the external system. The external system presents scenarios and challenges for which the internal system is simply not equipped. Yes, we are sentient beings who can observe problem situations and opt to take specific actions to resolve or ameliorate them. However, we CANNOT as easily control the stresses and discontinuities that are created subconsciously in the process. We are seeing the erosion of robust mental wellness, existential resiliency.... there's lots of terms for this but the bottom line is: across the board, people are becoming crazier, more depressed and anxious, less "connected" to the external. This is completely predictable, given what we know about mental health and how the mind works, and this is exactly what we're observing in myriad iterations. This is very sad. And what's even sadder is that nobody seems to recognize this (or at least recognize the mechanisms of action behind it) and nobody wants to deal with it. This should be REALLY BIG NEWS, yet it barely receives any ink anywhere.
 
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