Monday, November 1, 2010

Contemplative Monday

"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? 
At a practical level, anthropology has answered the first two:  
we now know (through fossil evidence), that we are the remote descendants of apes who lived in  
Africa about 5 million years ago. Modern apes, which are also descended from the same original 
stock, are kin, not ancestors. Our main difference from chimps  
 and gorillas is that over the last 3 million years or so, we have been shaped less and  

less by nature, and more and more by culture. We have become experimental creatures of our own 


Above quote by Robert Wright in his book : A Short History of Progress.


  1. You're contemplating the BIG ISSUES of life today, Jabacue!

  2. Great blog, Jim. Really like the series of pictures - well thought out and beautifully photographed.

  3. Definitely food for thought, huh?

  4. And since we are all conected, this moss is also our kin.

  5. Jim, this post is one of the reasons I admire you. :) hugs

  6. Um, don't they teach "Intelligent Design" up there? I'm pretty sure that bit of pseudoscience wouldn't include me calling a patch of moss my relative, though, any more than it allows for me calling a gorilla "kin". Purty pictures, as always, Jim.

  7. Stunning pictures Jim! I don't dwell on those things too much,just live my life each day at a time,ignore as much of the negativity as I can and walla...!

  8. Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle, as the saying goes. Although I haven't heard that saying in a long time.

  9. Oh dear, Jim! Don't go all philosophical on me - I've got an e-friend of 5 years duration who's currently battling rampant psychosis and he feeds me this stuff (by the bucketful) in his own tisted way every day. Fortunately, this morning he's sounding more lucid and i think i may have talked him into going back into therapy!

  10. I just love it when you make me scratch my head on a Monday.

  11. Trouble is, some people haven't really progressed much. I know a lot of Apes!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. I'm tired and trying to catch up, you know, I don't want to leave any one of you out!

    I feel, that I am part of this universe, just as the moss, the seas, the snails. I would not object to be calling anything "Kin".

    Just my take...........

  13. I love these magnificient photos of the tree....and connecting the thoughts of anthropology; the study of humanity;...!!

    (P.S. ...if you ever plan to visit Corsica, let me know; I know a few little secrets!)
    have a great day, Jim

    ciao ciao elvira

  14. And descendants from algae, as you have photographed.


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