In the optical illusion below the “A” square and the “B” square are the same color grey. Do you believe me? What makes you doubt the veracity of my claim? Do you find the illusion interesting? Are you curious to know more? I’ll give you the proof of the argument at the end of this article.
Anthropologists argue human beings are the only living species that
express the concept of “interesting.”
There is no other entity or animal in the world that interacts with an
object or an idea on the level of “interesting.”
Now “curious” is a different beast altogether — some believe
“interesting” and “curious” are synonymous when they are not.
Animals have a natural curiosity, as do we, that allows them to
evolutionarily evolve by exploring new territories and by investigating
threats against their own security.
It is curiosity, not knowing — I argue — that is embedded in the core
idea of Natural Selection because how one deals with the dangers found
in an exploration or expedition can mean faster progression or
How do you think we discovered the concept of finding something
“interesting” from “curious?”
Can “interesting” survive without “curious?”
Does “interesting” protect us or merely entertain us?
Today, the New York Times reports an explosion of human advancement over the last 40,000 years under the “force of natural selection:”
The brisk rate of human selection occurred for two reasons,
Dr. Moyzis’ team says. One was that the population started to grow,
first in Africa and then in the rest of the world after the first
modern humans left Africa. The larger size of the population meant that
there were more mutations for natural selection to work on. The second
reason for the accelerated evolution was that the expanding human
populations in Africa and Eurasia were encountering climates and
diseases to which they had to adapt genetically.
The extra mutations in
their growing populations allowed them to do so.
Dr. Moyzis said it was widely assumed that once people developed
culture, they protected themselves from the environment and from the
forces of natural selection. But people also had to adapt to the
environments that their culture created, and the new analysis shows
that evolution continued even faster than before.
Is “interesting” the real cause for this evolutionary explosion or is there a higher reason?
As promised, here is the full explanation for the grey squares illusion.