Ever think about writing a pop song? Here’s a Pop-music Writing Masterclass:
(Chilly has a bunch more to further your education)
If you have never Derek Paravicini’s story, you are in for a treat:
In May 2013, I added an update.
In terms of understanding and accomplishment, there is no comparison between humans and even our next-closest kin. Interestingly, all of those kin–and all other life–have a similar level of understanding and accomplishment.
For example: plants, insects, and animals all do these things at about the same level of understanding and complexity:
But humans not only see the processes required for survival, but we understand why they are necessary (we understand the implications of the existence or end of those processes), AND we understand why they are necessary to life, AND we recognize that there is some sort of science behind the processes, AND we understand that science. Even to the cellular level. Even with abstract constructs like religion and money–we understand why they exist (what need they meet) AND how they function. The staggering–and ever increasing–number of books on those two subjects reveal how driven humans are to create and understand. And how equally strong those drives are.
An example: we not only use water as a solvent, but we understand that it is the universal solvent, AND we understand why it is the universal solvent. We created the study of Chemistry, AND we understand its use.
Even as I write this, human accomplishment is increasing. We sent a machine to the planet Mars, and we are able to communicate back and forth with our machine. Another of our machines is about to pass Pluto, three billion miles away. And we are still able to communicate with it.
My original question remains: why?
Why are humans so, so much more advanced than the next most advanced organism on this planet?
Some people have pointed out that human achievement is the story of evolution. Human achievement increases exponentially. It was not as though we left monkeys far behind from the beginning.
Other people have said that when humans developed the will, and subsequently the ability, to record communication (via writing) that we began to advance exponentially.
Some people has said that what has separated humans so dramatically from other animals is our ability to experience things that have not happened. That is, our ability to imagine outcomes. We can fantasize, predict, and walk through complex scenarios.
All three of those answers make sense.
But we are so very advanced.
…by processor score.
(Using the numbers from Geekbench 3)
Here is what I found. Click this link or the image below for the full table.