Has Technology Progressed Faster Than The Human Mind
Technology versus Mind
The human race has been around for thousands of years. Archaeological discoveries have dated human bones as far back as 500,000 years ago. Every age has seen some sort of progress. Starting with hunter gatherers, humans progressed from living in caves to discovering how to build fires and using hand tools. But this Primitive Technology took thousands of years for the Human Mind to understand.
Early Man, eagerly reaching towards the heat of the fire, would not have known that it would burn him. Common sense tells us that it must have taken a few more people to comprehend the connection between fire and death. Another few years passed before they realised that by placing dead animals on the fire, they could make the meat more tasty, and less likely to poison themselves. The first cook either had a leap of intelligence or out of sheer luck he discovered the first step towards improving human life.
Tens of thousands of years passed, and Man progressed slowly towards farming and putting down roots in one place. Until this time, Hunter Gatherers moved from place to place trying to find food, and never realising that they could plant vegetables, catch fish from the sea or build houses from the trees around them.
By the time of the bronze age, people were settled, but were still discovering new ways to improve their situation. This was done by making swords, and threading the first needle made from bone, using animal gut and hair, and producing wonderful works from shells and pebbles to make necklaces and bracelets.
But lets not make the mistake that this was an easy process. All of these things took hundreds if not thousands of years. Man had a very low IQ, and each and every learning curve was a deep and thoughtful process.
Every stage in our History has evolved the human mind. Whether it is a genetic leap forward or purely a case of following one person who has had the great idea either through thought or by accident, human brains have slowly become bigger and more intelligent. Along with the food that they ate, or natural drugs that they came into contact with, like eating couch grass, which has been proven to cause hallucinations therefore opening up certain parts of the brain, each generation started to become more aware of the world around them.
This has been a natural process. We become as we are supposed to become. Now, all of a sudden, over the past thirty years, Technology has leaped forward at such a fast pace, what with iPhones, Computers, GPS Technology, and of course iPads, can we as humans keep up? And Has Technology Progressed Faster Than The Human Mind?
Learning to Adapt
Take away Technology, and what do you see? Just imagine for one moment that we hadn't discovered a way to use electricity. That is the starting point of this progress. If a few men had not put together the idea that we could run electric cables through our houses, to make light without gas lamps or candles, imagine where we would be now. Would our minds have been so far advanced? No, I don't think so. Over the last few hundred years, very clever men and women have manipulated, studied and found out how the world works. The Technology they used was simple, but somehow they discovered germs, viruses and ways to make the world a cleaner place to live. Astronomers gazed into the night sky, as they have done for thousands of years, and like Sir. Isaac Newton, realised that the World was not as we had been led to believe.
But these were exceptional human beings. The majority of the human race were still primitive in Mind, doing the same things that our ancestors did. We progressed because a few intelligent and inquisitive people kept striving for something better. Where would we be without them? Still in the dark ages I would imagine.
Then suddenly, someone, somewhere realised the potential of electricity. Technology started advancing, but this was still at a normal rate of speed. Telephones became the normal household thing to have, radio's and telegraph astounded us by being able to send signals around the World.
Then, all of a sudden, within the last thirty years, Technology has leaped so far forward it is beyond belief. It seemed that someone, somewhere discovered the Holy Grail of Technology. And because of this, all the amazing things we see today seem to appear so fast, then disappear as quickly as they were made, making room for the latest gadget that comes onto the market. The iPhone that we bought a few months ago, is now out of date, and the Computers that we use are obsolete within a couple of years.
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The Struggle To Keep Up
So, where does that leave us? Throughout the World, people are still starving, living on the streets and trying desperately to understand how the World is sweeping away from them at an incredible speed. But this does not mean that everybody who has Technology in their life, knows exactly how to work it or understand the real reason for its invention. We have seen over the last few years the high media coverage of new Inventions.
People are still on low incomes, cannot get jobs and are desperately trying to keep their heads above water. They want, and they want it now. We have seen this in London recently. Riots broke out, shops were smashed and people died. All out of greed. Watching it on TV, I saw the real Man Persona stripped away, and the primitive mind of our Ancestors come racing back. Whether it was caused by poor parenting, or whether it was that part of the Human Ancestral Mind coming through, what occurred to me was that Technology could actually be dangerous.
The Dark Side of Technology
Cell Phones have been adapted to make bombs, or program the device to go off. Blackberry Phones have been used to keep in touch with the thugs who wrecked my Capital City. All around the World, people, whatever Country they live in, are using Technology to destroy our Planet. Instead of it being only used for good, it has in fact, been hijacked to kill and maim. Not one Country is to blame. There are bad people in every corner of the World. But that is my point.
Have we progressed too quickly as a Human Race? Should we take a step back and say, hang on, we are getting too far ahead of ourselves. Maybe, in our innocence and excitement of learning something new, we have stepped out of the Natural Progress of Evolution.
Maybe its time to take a step back.
Copyright Nell Rose
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