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The Evolutionary Disadvantage

A chimpanzee brain at the Science Museum London

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The brain has weird ways- out of nowhere a song or image appears and it goes on playing for hours, sometimes days on end. That’s what happened today- of all things a rhyme from school days pops in and I’m stuck with it.

Twenty froggies went to school,

Down beside a rushy pool

Twenty little coats of green

Twenty vests all white and clean


But then came along a couple of observations:

One, the froggies don’t seem to resent that they have to attend the classes. Not one seems to be bunking. It’s not that learning is all fun for them. The master bullfrog is all grave and stern, and they have to study before playtime.

Two, there are no dropouts or failures. All twenty froggies came out polished to a high degree as each froggie ought to be. Not one was a dunce.

That’s it. This may sound like a prim n propah victorian picture but it’s so true. Not only froggies- doggies, kitten and all other beings except humans seem to learn what they need to. There are no dunces, no dropouts, no failures- only smart ones, smarter ones and smartest ones. What’s with us humans?


September 11, 2010 Posted by | culture, education, evolution, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 4 Comments