Hello! Today in English, we had a very interesting activity to explore our subconscious mind. At one point, the conversation turned onto the topic of “What does homo sapien sapien mean?” and somewhat extended into “What is the purpose of human existence?” we discovered that homo sapien sapien meant something along the lines of “the thinking ape” and then proceeded to discuss what that might mean. I believe that animals might have conscious thought because in many experiments and behaviour studies, it has been shown that crows, dogs and other animals can solve problems and remember information, then call back on it for use in the future.
We may not know whether animals can plan for the future or not, but there is a possibility that all this time, rats and mice have secretly been experimenting on us humans but have been so subtle about it that we still have not noticed. (A theory from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).
Many people may know the quote, “I think, therefore I am” or “cogito ergo sum” (Latin) that was said by Rene Descartes.
I came across this interesting quote, almost a reply to Descartes’s, by Ayn Rand, a writer and philosopher in the 1900s. She thought that it should be “I am, therefore I’ll think” because (another quote from her) “Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification”.These were published in one of her novels, Atlas Shrugged. In this novel, she explores what it would be like if all the prominent thinkers (scientists, mathematicians, etc.) went on strike and retreated away from civilization. It emphasizes the need for thinking people in our world, which brings me to the point Mr. Jackson brought up in class today – what if the purpose of humans is simply to think? Many psychologists believe our conscious thought is what separates humans from animals, so if we are the “thinking ape”, does that we evolved for the purpose to be thinkers? And – can we agree with both Rene Descartes and Ayn Rand to say that perhaps: if thinking proves our existence, we exist to think?Some cool thoughts going on. I don’t know how logical this seems, but the possibility is fascinating because I cannot know whether this is right or wrong, and most likely I never will. Let me know what you think, I always love to hear more thoughts!