The Other I

April 15, 2010

Round and round

I’ve been intrigued by the idea suggested in a recent post on Thinking Makes It So that evolution never discovered the wheel.

Well, we did, but the discovery isn’t passed down in our genes.

When so much of what we discover or even “invent” are adaptations or copies of what has already been invented by evolution, I find it astonishing to think that something as useful as the wheel hasn’t made it into the genetic pool.

I’m now trying to think if there is anything else that is quite so critical that only we have come up with.  The rectangle might also be unique to us, but somehow it doesn’t seem to have quite the same potential as the wheel.

And we didn’t come up with it much more than six thousand years ago.


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