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If seems that I have conditioned myself to become quite sentimentally passionate and aware of events, which effect large groups of our population on a macro scale, or even the entire species.
In that event it would be quite silly to overlook the ramifications of millennia of applied scientific development our species has painfully undergone, and hence I am profoundly fascinated by the notion of human evolution and it's parallel development to our understanding of technology. Technology seems to be the primary driver of our population growth and standard of living, as it played a key role in overcoming something called the Malthusian Trap. And yet, humans that lived thousands of years ago, are genetically almost identical to humans alive today, but live in remarkably different societies.
The fact that the humans species have to be born pre-maturely, due to the massive size of our brain, in comparison to the rest of our body, seems to be an indicator of why our society has changed so drastically.
In most mammals the early neurological development takes place within the safety of the womb of the mother, and as a result, almost all species can muster comparatively difficult neuromotor tasks, such as walking, on their first day of life.
Human neurological development takes place outside of the womb, and much under the environment of our surroundings. Hence the adaptive process to our surroundings in terms of danger, nutritional abundance and social availability, dubbed early sensitivity, shapes our very brains and defines how we organize our thoughts.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
— Isaac Newton
Following this notion, it is important to recognize that human culture, which is the result of thousands of generations of knowledge compacting upon itself, not only shapes our very biology, thus one could say, creating a vastly different species, than thousands of years ago, even with such practically identical genetic slates to each other, but also defines the state of the human race. And nothing could be more indicative of cultural development, than a culture's application and state of understanding of the universe.