Gorilla and Man

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Last night I was watching the world strongest man competition, I noticed most of the elite athletes are from Europe, and they are all of anglo race. They are extremely genetically unique, all are large and powerful, and wondered how will they measure up with one of our closest primate.

Almost all the athletes are well over six foot tall, and weighed over 350 lbs, they were twice the size as an average person. One of the largest is Hafþór Björnsson, an Icelandic athlete, standing close to seven feet, and weighing over 400 lbs ! Only our closest primate comes close to matching this impressive size, a silver-back gorilla.

Let’s imagine if we had neanderthals, and erectus still alive, we probably would have a similar strongest ‘hominid’ competition, no doubt the neanderthals would have won. However this also depends on the ‘type’ of activities to measure ‘strength’, because it will be difficult to measure for each body type, some activities will favor long arms whereas other activities the reverse. In a similar way, it’s unfair to match up an elite athlete with either a captive or wild gorilla, simply because the animal isn’t professionally trained to carry out those tasks.

A gorilla is naturally very muscular, even captive gorillas look like they are body builders, an average person will not be bulging muscles, without a specific work ethic. In some way, a wild gorilla that has proper nutrition, and has enough physical tasks in the wild, can be tested for strength with a professional human.

Competitors in the competition are all very large but without professional training, nutrition, motivation, can they measure up with our large primates, most probably not. However, this should have been tested years ago, scientists, entertainers should have envisioned it before.

Group Competition

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One aspect of people that has surprised me is their ability to cooperate in large scale numbers that enables them to out-compete, out-smart, out-number, other groups. That is what we are witnessing all over the world, whether one looks at europe, north america, middle east, asia it’s the same story.

Looking back at our past, the ‘us vs them’ mentality had been hardwired in us, and is still very strong and present. The level of cooperation, organization, structure varies from each family, neighborhood, country, and race. Groups which can out-smart others doesn’t necessarily mean they are smarter, have high IQ, but they are more shrewd, and most importantly they have numbers on their side.

Having looked at different scenarios, I always wondered why the most smartest, creative, visionary people never make it, but rather people who are of lower caliber get their desired outcome. Families that are smart, and high in caliber tend to have less cooperation within the family, they value the ‘individual’ rather than group, the more educated they are the less reproduction rate they have. Groups that are not as smart, value their kin and the whole family, they are more shrewd but less educated, they also reproduce far more, and cooperate efficiently.

The ‘numbers game’ will eventually catch on, and it is thus very difficult for an intellectual to compete against so many competitors. A family that has strong cooperation will only benefit the individual, as the individual has many members that can help and support. Whereas, a family that has a weak structure, the individual thus becomes weak, as there are few members that can aid and support.

A family that has strong cooperation will only benefit the individual, as the individual has many members that can help and support.

We are witnessing this in every corner of the globe, whether we agree or disagree with the groups religion, culture, their structure is up for debate, but in the meantime we can definitely learn from others as the group which is the strongest will prevail.