The closer we look, the less superior humans are – FT.com

Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses – especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else. –Leonardo da Vinci

80114697_95762cYou could describe homo sapiens as the last man standing. Our species is the sole survivor among a clutch of humanlike, or hominin, species that have stalked the planet in the past 7m years. ( Settled science? In a seemingly infinite reality, can there truly be “settled science?”)

The Neanderthals ran us a close second, becoming extinct only 30,000 years ago and surrendering total dominion to modern man. They are caricatured as brutish and dim-witted.

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Yet carvings discovered in a Gibraltar cave suggest that homo neanderthalensis might have possessed the capacity for abstract thought. The appearance of art in the Neanderthal cultural oeuvre, along with evidence that they used feathers for adornment and buried their dead, is forcing a significant reappraisal of our supposedly intellectually inferior evolutionary cousins.

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