Everything that we are, that distinguishes us from chimps, emerges from that one percent difference in DNA. It has to, ’cause that’s the difference. The Hubble telescope, these grand… that’s in that one percent.
Maybe… everything that we are that is not the chimp is not as smart compared to the chimp as we tell ourselves it is.
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.
Just the same way we label our books optical illusions. 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.
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