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Discussion in 'Books' started by PaulyT, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Huey

    Huey Well-Known Member Famous

    What I find interesting about life, is that there is only one breed of human on this planet. And maybe breed isn't the right word, but take dogs for example. If dogs were like us, there might be only labradors. Sure there would still be different types of labs, there just wouldn't be any mastiffs, beagles, etc. We were taught growing up that homo sapiens and neanderthals didn't occupy the earth at the same time, but now we know that's not true, and that there was inter breeding between them. Why did neanderthals, denisovans and maybe others, die out, yet we survived?
  2. mcad64

    mcad64 Well-Known Member

    We had larger brains.
  3. hawk52

    hawk52 Well-Known Member

    I'm a fan of these fantasy stories. This is the 1st in a trilogy of the KingKiller Trilogy. Enjoying every page.

    The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle Series #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

    I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
    You may have heard of me.

    So begins the tale of Kvothe-from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. But The Name Of The Wind is so much more-for the story it tells reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.


    About the Author
    Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller chart and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Novels list. He can be found at patrickrothfuss.com and on Twitter at @patrickrothfuss.
  4. Huey

    Huey Well-Known Member Famous

    A labrador has a larger brain than a chihuahua, yet they both exist. Not saying you're wrong, but there has to be more than just that.
  5. JeffMackwood

    JeffMackwood Maxi-Me

    Good questions!

    Mike's response is somewhat correct: it is (possibly) related to our brains. I say somewhat because a certain theory says that it was indeed differences in our brains that led to Homo Sapiens effectively out-thinking Neanderthals. The sizes were similar but we each processed information differently. Take a look at this 5 year old article https://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/jun/02/why-did-neanderthals-die-out about half way down it talks about how Neanderthals larger eyes (as well as bodies) required more brain image processing / motor control, whereas Homo Sapiens evolved larger frontal lobes, which are associated with high-level processing. This then leads to the opportunity for us to out-think our competitors. Perhaps additional research has been published since then (and perhaps it will be covered in the last book I referenced in my previous post).

    All fascinating stuff!

  6. Huey

    Huey Well-Known Member Famous

    The article points out a few things that I think may have changed in the last few years, mainly that Neanderthals didn't die out as long ago as once thought. Plus, they now know there was interbreeding between Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals. And to say that they didn't have the brain power to have social interactions, due to having stronger vision and body control, that's not the way it usually works in nature. Animals with the best vision tend to either be the best hunters or the best evaders, so you would think those with poorer eyesight, aka us, would have the disadvantage. Now we probably had a higher IQ, and better cognitive reasoning, which may have allowed to us to thrive.

    Not trying to pick apart the link you posted Jeff, and he for sure has a far more extensive knowledge than I have on the subject, but I always enjoy discussing stuff like this, especially when we will probably never know the answer. I just have trouble wrapping my head around the fact that there is only one species of man, while I can't think of any other animal that doesn't have many species to their genus.

    Which brings up another point, although this one more hypothetical than fact. If and when aliens do visit us, will they have just one type of being as we do, or will there be many different sub species of the same species, akin to a lab and a chihuahua.
  7. Randy

    Randy Well-Known Member Famous

    Interbreeding between homo sapiens and Neanderthals, now I know where my neighbor down the street came from.
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  8. mcad64

    mcad64 Well-Known Member

    Who says aliens haven't already visited us? The Truth is out there!! Trust no one.

    I've been watching X-Files lately on FX channel
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