I am thinking!
Hey, HAPPY NEW YEAR wishes first. But what do you think my friend? Are you a stone age cave person or are you a Homo sapiens? It’s an interesting question which we have been thinking about for little over a year. Looking at human behavior right now we can’t really be sure, right? There is after all the good, the bad and the very ugly. Studying a lot of neuroscience and early human development we came to the following conclusion:
Homo sapiens, this means me and you, are fundamentally a stone age being.
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Yes, we as humans have learned a lot since we split from our ancestor Homo heidelbergensis who was a direct descendent of Homo erectus. According to the latest finds, this was about 300,000 years ago. But genetic analysis tells us that our genes are over 99.8% identical to the earliest remnants found of Homo sapiens. Our body and brain structure are still pretty much the identical.
Therefore, the answer to the question, are we stone age or Homo sapiens is, we are both. Homo sapiens was born a stone age creature and has not changed much since then.
Geneticists tell us that Homo sapiens today have a low variation in their gene expression. With all the different sizes, shapes and colors, we humans have today, it is still less varied than one would expect based on mutations from 300,000 years. There is a reason for this. Sometime between 100,000 and 70,000 years ago there was a great catastrophe for Homo sapiens. We know that relatively few of our species survived. The estimates range from as few as a group with only 500 fertile women who may be at most 10,000 individuals in total. All the billions of inhabitants of Earth today are the descendants of that small group of survivors.
Why is this so important for you and me today? Because we are survivors! The reason you and I are here is because all our ancestors for all these 300,000 years have survived.
Our body, our brain, our basic behaviors, all have been built for one purpose only, survival. What has that to do with stress? What has that to do with how we feel today stressed or relaxed? Stress is a direct result of our brain perceiving a threat to our survival. That signal may be a mild irritation or full-fledged panic. But survival is the primary archaic imperative of our brain, our whole psychophysiology. Therefore, if we want to understand and to manage our stress, we need to understand the survival function in the brain.
In future blog posts we will talk more what this means to us in our life now, how dangerous simple stress can be over time, and how it can sabotage your very work and family life.
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Fritz & Judy Sauer
Fritz George Sauer, MS, MS Eng., Stress Coach, Stress, Performance & Productivity Specialist
Judith Lynch-Sauer, PhD, RN, Scientific Advisor, Clinical Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
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Fritz George Sauer Founder of SciStress
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