The significance of this post won’t be apparent unless you read the previous one — the one about school pride and how the mediocre will use his status as alumnus of a prestigious school, and the connections he gained in that school, in order to make it big.
Well, it appears that there is a study that supports my observation. I was browsing and I came across an article on IFLScience about how humans have been evolving (I’d use the word “mutating” which is really more accurate but that will make us humans sound like bacteria). One of the ways by which humans has evolved has to do with the shrinking brain. Yep, the Cro-Magnon man had a bigger brain.
That does mean people are getting dumber and dumber, and the dumbing down is inevitable?
The answer is yes — but it may not necessarily a bad thing, according to cognitive scientist, David Geary, who says we don’t need the intelligence of the Cro-Magnon who had to rely on his wits to survive. We have in lieu of a big brain — tada — society which compensates for the small brain.
How does any of that relate to the school pride post?
Anthropologist Brian Hare did an experiment.
Hare’s studies focus on chimpanzees and bonobos. In evolutionary terms, they are much like humans, but are physically quite different from one another. Bonobos have smaller brains than chimpanzees — and are also much less aggressive.
While both have the cognitive ability to solve a given puzzle, Hare says, chimpanzees are much less likely to accomplish it if it involves teamwork. Not so with bonobos.
If you click the link to read the rest of the article about the chimps and bonobos, you will get to the part where it says it is the teamwork that chimpanzees reject (they know how to solve the problem; they just don’t like doing it with others). Meanwhile, the smaller-brained bonobos embrace teamwork because it is teamwork, rather than innate intelligence, that enables them to solve the problem.
Relate that to how people try to survive and succeed in life (the problem) and you’ll understand the relation between the experiment and the school pride post. In saying that “you’ll understand”, I am, of course, assuming that you’re not Team Bonobo.