Past Intelligence

3 years, 3 months ago

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I was sitting here watching a fan created video of Bukowski by Modest Mouse and the top comment made me ponder about how time runs from us. Just imagining how much time has elapsed since the beginning of the universe really boggles my mind. 14 billion years! The difference between a million and a billion is insane in itself. 1 million seconds is 12 days ago, but 1 billion seconds is 31 years ago! how insane.
Now thinking about that, look how drastically things have changed in just the last 20 years. The internet popped up, war exists, we’re in space, we can rewrite our genetic code for gods sake. What is all this shit? This is only in 20 years tho!
Considering how amazing long of time things have been around, I can’t imagine what sort of past intelligences existed before. I mean, all the sudden we figure out internet. Imagine what others could have created. Even just on our earth, I see it completely plausible that intelligent, or highly intelligent creatures roamed the earth. Humans are stuck on the notion that because we exist in time ‘now’ that we are the pinnacle of evolution, always at the top of the food chain everywhere. We assume that because we exist ‘later in time’ that we must be more advanced.
There has been a loooooooooooooot of time that has passed us, and I bet a lot of crazy shit has went down in this universe.
Going just a bit further, if all times do exist at once then consider the magnitude of moments that must include. If I wanted to combine everything that has happened, will happen, or is happening and then try to take a step back and look at it, it would come across as the most intelligent, and puzzling thing I’ve ever laid my eyes on. In a way it’d be like taking the best hallucinogenic that the universe has to offer.

January 9, 2012 at 7:59 am

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Profile photo of Ray Butler Ray Butler M (@trek79) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

Cool, I like how you think Alex. If you think about the common belief of Christians, that humans in Eden was around 4-6 thousand years ago, this is our beginning. But if you think about the logic and science, we were cave men 10-15 thousand years ago (of course cavemen never existed right Christians?”) But scientific evidence tells us that we were more or less at our current level of evolution for the past 100-200 thousand years. We all know how far we have come in 20 years, imagine how far you can move within just 20 thousand years (but a fraction of human pre-history).
But where did they go and where is the evidence? I like to believe that humans are coastal dwellers now because we were coastal dwellers then, and coastlines have come and gone thru out the millenniums, often suddenly. Chances are any evidence is beneath the depths of the oceans, probably deteriorated beyond any recognition.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@Ray, thanks dude. A lot can happen in 20,000 years. Damn, thats about one year for our solar system. Whered the evidence go? Well, imagine if we died off tomorrow, nothing we built lasts without maintenance. The internet would disappear, things would deteriorate. We write on paper, and store things digitally. We’re bound to be erased. We consider ourselves intelligent, so others could have made the same mistake (If its a mistake at all) Could also be in the ocean, given that the water rises and falls a lot over time. The pressure is a bitch, and destroys most things. /

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Profile photo of Jack Jack (@jackflash) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

A few years ago, one teacher of mine drew a line across the whiteboard (which was a few metres wide) representing the Earth’s existence, explaining that the time humans have been on Earth would represent the last centimeter or so. It may not have been exactly mathematically correct, but the idea got across as i was simply astounded.

It really seems possible that some sort of life form existed before us, but that evidence of their existence has simply deteriorated over massive amounts of time. I like to think that perhaps they were wiped out by their own nuclear weapons, a la Cold war but with missiles fired. Wouldn’t it be ironic if that were to happen to us :P

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Profile photo of Duncan Idaho Duncan Idaho (@didaho) 3 years, 3 months ago ago

@Alex & Ray,
I also like the way you guys think, it is not an easy task to put those thoughts to words the way you (and so many other HEthans) did.

I used to be interested in legends of advanced ancient civilizations that may have come before us. If you watch the documentary ‘life after people’ you will see that almost everything we have built could be gone in about 100 years. Well everything but satellites, which if orbiting high enough, can stay in space forever.

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