I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

The Cognitive Revolution was when Sapiens began developing traits that made them superior to other animals. There are a number of theories explaining why homosapiens became more dominant, and Harari describes one of them in the “there-is-a-lion-near-the-river” theory. This theory talks about how the development of human language gave homosapiens an advantage over other animals. Different from alternate communication methods used by other closely related species, language gave homosapiens an advanced edge in technological advancement. “Homosapiens were capable of ingesting, storing, and communicating a prodigious amount of information about the surrounding world” (Harari, 22). Sapiens learned to work together and were able to make fire and weapons. When early humans learned to cook food, it reduced the amount of energy the bodies needed to digest, which provided more energy to go to the brain. Harari argues that Homo Sapiens became dominant because of the capacity to imagine and communicate with other beings. The Cognitive Revolution was the birthplace of human culture, religion, and social and class-based hierarchies. Cooperation within the species helped them advance in technology and allowed them to spread and grow the population around the world. Imagined orders are a shared imagination of millions of people. Imagined orders allowed for large communities of homosapiens to communicate with each other, by reaching an understanding or common ground regarding laws, justice, religion, nationalities, money, etc. (Harari, 28). The Agricultural Revolution played a big role in advancement, introducing the domestication of plants and animals, and eventually, the population of homosapiens, along with their inept ability to cooperate, dominated the other animals and occupied the entire world. Science is an imagined order because it was developed through the cooperation of many individuals working together overtime and could not advance with people working alone. Imagine orders defiantly help advance science forward.  

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