Anthropic Principle (Cont)

I advocate for the Anthropic Principle  because it endorses a human uniqueness that is distinctively exhibited with our bipedal movement that makes us man-the-walker. Bipedalism is a process starting 3.2 mya with Australopithecus afarensis;  i. e. Lucy. Walking upright initiates the evolutionary path to become human beings by freeing our hands to use tools. We have tremendous flexibility in our wrists and in our shoulders. Humans have the ability to grasp with our 5 digited hands (flexible hands that make tools), and this has made us homo habilis, or man-the-toolmaker. Our ability to use tools has made us man-the-builder of settlements, houses, bridges, boats, carriages, cars. Our evolutionary journeys first great technology was when man became man-the-firemaker. Having the ability of fire to cook meat was one condition that helped our brain increase in size. With the Neolithic Revolution we became exclusively man-the-farmer. Man’s invention of the needle gave us the ability to clothe ourselves and to live in colder environments, and thus our species became global. Man’s ability to record our own history has made us man-the-writer and man-the-storyteller.

I maintain that our most outstanding feature is the evolution of our large brain (ave. adult brain is 1400 cc, or 3-3.5 lbs). The sui generis of human beings is this Big Brain that has given us the capacity to have reflective thought and become man-the-thinker. Humans have an uncommon slow growth pattern that allows for much learning and with much learning we have been able to build advanced social communities. Learning has allowed us to construct an advanced language system.  J. Wood maintained, “what makes people human are matters of: feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes, understanding. Without these things man is nothing.” (1974) I advance the idea that what truly sets us apart from all other Cosmic creatures is: 1.) our unique ability to have self-awareness and self-comprehension, and 2.) with self-reflection we have the ability to freely make self-made moral decisions. That means we are creatures who have the profound capability to consciously make ethical choices and don’t have to comply with strictly instinctually driven dictates. I enthusiastically endorse the Anthropic Principle, and I view it as concept that authenticates our potential to prescriptively self-evolve and to culturally evolve.

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