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If this doesn’t blow your mind…

By Marcus Santer

The Saturday Quote:

“So let’s invent a measure of intelligence that makes humans unique.

Let’s say: Intelligence is your ability to compose poetry, symphonies, do art, math and science and so on.

Let’s say, okay?

Let’s make that as the arbitrary definition of intelligence for the moment. Chimps can’t do any of that. Yet we share 98-99% identical DNA.

The most brilliant chimp there ever was maybe can do a little bit of sign language. Well, our toddlers can do that. Toddlers…

So… here’s what concerns me deeply.

Deeply.

Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one percent difference in DNA. Maybe the difference between constructing and launching a Hubble telescope, and a chimp combining two finger motions as sign language – maybe that difference is not all that great.

We tell ourselves it is.

We tell ourselves it’s a lot. Maybe it’s almost nothing. How would we decide that?

Imagine another life form that’s one percent different from us. In the direction that we are different from the chimp.

Think about that.

We have one percent difference and we’re building the Hubble telescope.

Go another one percent. What are we to they?

We would be drooling, blithering idiots in their presence. That’s what we would be.

They would take Stephen Hawking and roll him in front of their primate researchers and say, “well this one is like the most brilliant among them because he can do sort of astrophysics in his head. Oh, isn’t that cute! Little Johnie can do that too. Oh, that’s so nice…”

Neil Degrasse Tyson

I read this earlier in the week on Neil’s Instagram feed and it blew my mind.

That such a small difference in DNA can have such a huge difference in what you can do, make and be.

Awesome.

And if you’d like to have your mind blown even further…

Grab yourself a copy of this book and discover how simple it is to stack the odds of a longer, healthier and happier life in your favour.

Bye for now

Marcus

P.S. You, know, since the age of about 16 – with each passing year, Christmas started to feel less and less Christmassy to me.

It’s been a gradual decline.

It picked up again when Ollie was born.

And I got to play the role of the benevolent Santa Claus.

But this year I feel no Christmas cheer what-so-ever.

It could be because Ollie has categorically ended his belief in Santa Claus – and even went so far as to show me his evidence from the Internet =)

Or maybe it’s the fact it’s so unseasonably warm here.

I mean I just got back from Louis’s walk and I started out with just a t-shirt and jumper and by the end I was in a t-shirt.

Anyway…

My lack of festive cheer shouldn’t stop you from doing yourself a favour and getting yourself a copy of this.