When we get into our car, we know perfectly well how much gasoline we have in the tank. We know how much gas is in our car because we have a fuel gauge. This is a device that measures the volume or weight of fuel or oil in tanks. As a rule, direct measurement of the amount of fuel is extremely difficult, therefore, indirect measurements are used, in which, for example, the height or pressure of the fuel in the tank is measured.
This is very similar to how we measure time. After all, we cannot fix the “volume” of time. So we set arrows that move at a certain speed. Thus we measure time through speed, and through height we measure volume of liquid. Interesting, isn’t it? It turns out that the concept of almost any mechanism that measures something is to measure it in the most optimal way and visually provide the necessary information.
Some computational operations are extremely simple, and therefore were used many thousands of years ago. But other operations appeared after the invention of new mechanisms. In this example, we can very well see how any concept flows into a new solution, thanks to improvements in other concepts. But here’s what we have to ask! Have people changed? Are those people who looked at the likeness of watches five thousand years ago different from those people who are now looking at smart watches?
By visiting the National Historical Museum of Los Angeles, I discovered the skeletons and the structure of the skulls of people who lived before and who live in the present. And based on the data that humanity now has, it seems that over the past 5-8 thousand years, the size of our brain has not changed. Living conditions, race and territorial conditions certainly influenced and still influence the physical appearance and condition of the human body. At a time when the size of the skull and brain apparently did not change.
It seems that if a baby of 3000 BC were suddenly born in modern times, then most likely he would grow up to be an average modern person. And if a modern baby were transported in time five thousand years ago, then he would also successfully join the society of those times. So what has changed? It turns out that in the last 5-8 thousand years, the only thing that has changed in the human species is the size of the population, as well as the level of comfort. Although the latter depends on the region. And it turns out that all these thousands of years we continue to improve our concepts. Whether they are consumer, research or entertainment. And the only thing we have been doing all this time is improving the conditions for life.
Communication of intellects
And although there are still a huge number of regions where there is no Internet, where they live in crumbling houses and do not even use the phone, we are all doing the same thing – increasing the comfort of life. What’s next? What else is humanity capable of? The answer seems obvious to me. We interact very badly with each other. There are no standards that would define our interaction. Our main task is to learn how to communicate. Namely, stop dividing yourself into friends and foes.
New skills that we must develop in ourselves can help us in this. Namely, to read information about the mental and emotional intelligence of the people around us, and then interact with others, seeking to improve their own intellectual abilities. We need to turn our attention into sensors that are able to collect information about the world around us by interacting with it. Like a fuel gauge or any other detector. This can positively serve the quality of the exchange of ideas about solving social problems. Cultural collaboration is the reason for many inventions. For example, it is thanks to cultural collaboration that we have time zone calculations, instead of just a local definition of time. And also it became possible to produce a gasoline tank in one country, and a fuel gauge in another country. Thanks to the mutual growth of our cultural collaboration, we will be able to make this world not only more comfortable, but also safer.