Questions to Monsieur Internet: Falling Lift, What Makes us Human? and The Purpose of Music

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“Doubt everything.” 
~ Buddha


Could you survive the falling of an elevator if you'd jump the moment it hits the ground?

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Unfortunately not. Momentum is mass multiplied by velocity which basically means that, the faster you are traveling on your way down, the stronger you'll hit. So, If the elevator has been free falling for more than a few seconds, the speed and force will be to grand for you to fool with a simple jump...

...Too bad, that was one of my survival plans in the list I wrote as a child titled brilliant solutions for improbable calamities.

 

Why did humans invent music?

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It might sound dumb but this is something I've wondered for a long time, and not only me, academic minds have tried to answer this question since centuries. There are innumerable theories - yet the more acceptable are the following:

     1. Music was created to serve as a flirting method.

     2. It was a social glue, a way to bring early humans together in tight communities. Evolving in service of group living.

     3. A modest accident.

What's your theory?

 

What makes us human?

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Our DNA won’t help us answer this – the human genome is 96% identical to a chimpanzee’s, 90% similar to a cat's and 50% to a banana’s. What makes us different? Many of those things we once thought distinguished us – language, affection, social consciousness, tool-use, empathy and self-awareness – are seen in many, many other animals. We do, certainly, have bigger brains in relation to our bodies than any other living creature (packed with three times as many neurons as a gorilla). But, aside of that, the functions and anatomy of it do not show any clear difference from the ones of our earthling buddies. Scientists believe that cooking and our mastery of fire may have helped us grow heavier brains and therefore deeper consciousness - or maybe it was the fact that our free hands enabled us to create art and science - or that our capacity for co-operation and skills trade is what set us apart and lead us to evolve in a different path.

I believe that, just perhaps, it was the very urge of curiosity, of understanding and questioning, what makes us different in the first place... But then, many animals are curious as well... Well, that's the beauty of science, let's go on trying to comprehend.


Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.

~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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