I was just thinking about something that I heard a while back:
Homo Sapiens had a significantly smaller brain than the Neanderthal. Consumption of higher amounts of protein via fish and other meats inevitably led to this in both branches. Neanderthals were supposedly capable of higher order cognitive functioning because of this larger brain.
But why did we still persist despite being disadvantaged in this crucial area? This is because our larynx allowed us to make more complex variations of sounds. Neanderthals had a simpler version of this, allowing them to make sounds diminutive in complexity compared to us. We therefore had a more complex language system, so we can preserve knowledge and transmit it generation to generation. In essence, this "story-telling" ability allowed us to communicate as well as collectively memorize knowledge, not just learn it with acuity.
So despite this, we survive because we can speak and write better. That is why I feel privileged to be able to communicate with my fellow online companions on this site because we articulate and share ideas. This is the quintessential expression of intelligence and productivity.
Now for your thoughts: What is the next step in our evolution? What steps will we humans take next in the course of evolution? What do you think is necessary for us to transcend the "information age?" Is it spiritual, physical, or inventive? Also, does our survival based upon "collectivized knowledge" mean that communism is the ideal for us? It's up to you for your input.
All ideas are welcome, nothing is too crazy for this discussion. Leave no bases untouched, thanks in advance.