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Cavemen ctd.

(written just before the summer)

Now that these exams are slowly coming to an end, (for want of a better word to do with death) I have more time to conjure up fanciful theories about life rather than about rock formation, and thanks to the miracles of modern technology I can assemble these worldly ideas into words and have them published for all the world to read. Or glance at. Maybe just a few of my closest friends might come here to be polite. At least they��re polite ��.

So this theory, as does any, consists of some basic assumptions.

Firstly, the human brain has a certain capacity of thought processing power. This power can be allocated to performing different tasks, or thinking different things.

Secondly, every thought process can be allocated into two different categories. These are: ��Basic needs and senses�� (i.e. food, warmth, and sex) and ��Complexities of the modern world�� (everything else, including money, relationships, and thoughts relating to man-made objects and institutions). Nowadays we no longer have to devote much of our thought process to the senses, but much more of it must be devoted to complexities of the modern world. Even a simple routine action like urinating now involves going to a bathroom and using a man-made appliance, flushing and, if you��ve got enough spare time, washing your hands with a sink and a tap and soap.

The majority of processing in our brains is in relation to complexities of the modern world, and at times�Kdon��t we all know it.

Back to the cavemen! Being a caveman must have been quite a doddle really. This is because the further we travel back through the history of mankind; the less we encounter complexities of the modern world. Therefore processing power in the brain is freed, and more is devoted to basic needs and senses. Before the first tool was developed, humans had heightened senses and more capable animal instincts. Our skill as hunters due to better hearing, sight and smell would have enabled us to survive as a species. As tools were developed and taken for granted by the next generation, we numbed their senses, which in turn presented the need to make more tools.

If we were to be transported back in time would be able to capture our own dinner in the wilderness? I would think this to be unlikely. Nowadays we have appliances to ��manage�� these instincts for us, and the ability to manipulate and cope with complexities of the modern world is perceived as ��intelligence.�� We very rarely have to rely on animal instinct. Over time, humans have indeed acquired an outstanding wealth of knowledge and ability to learn, but I believe that this has occurred with the dampening of our senses.

The stupid part.

Righto. We now have cavemen with no worries about gas bills, and modern men with little ability to listen for predators. Still, what happens when we smoke a spliff?

The answer is universal to stoners across the world. We forget (slightly) about complexities of the modern world. Appliances are more difficult to operate, and what is often mistaken for passiveness or laziness is the refusal to concern ourselves with man-made issues.

In turn, our senses our heightened: we hear more clearly, our eyes don��t need to be open to take in the same amount of visual information and our taste buds become more sensitive. Occasionally, especially with hearing, heightened senses can lead to paranoia which I believe was vital to the survival of our species, but this is beside the point.

I believe that under the influence of cannabis, our senses are heightened whilst our ability to cope with complexities of the modern world is reduced. Processing power remains the same, which is why some people find that they can be more creative under the influence of cannabis, and that they can perceive more through the senses from any particular form of media. Not surprisingly, this theory was conceived under the influence of cannabis.

Cavemen were not permanently lean. The physical sensation, inability to even move, and the munchies would have led to the demise of our species very early on. However I believe that getting stoned is only a slight similarity to experiencing the thought processes of our early ancestors. Obverse stoners and you will notice that their actions can be very primitive, often resembling animals.

The conclusion: stoned people act like moneys. Well, that certainly warranted all these words and all your time.

(It certainly shows you how productively I spent my summer -ooh I am flattering myself- �Kand how damn in need of a life I was.)

written @ 5:42 p.m. on 09 December, 2003