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Cooking Stimulated Big Leap In Human Cognition
Slashdot ^ | August 12, @06:09PM | Hugh Pickens

Posted on 08/12/2008 4:23:21 PM PDT by Soliton

"For a long time, humans were pretty dumb, doing little but make 'the same very boring stone tools for almost 2 million years,' says Philipp Khaitovich of the Partner Institute for Computational Biology in Shanghai. Then, 150,000 years ago, our big brains suddenly got smart. We started innovating. We tried different materials. We started creating art and maybe even religion. To understand what caused the cognitive spurt, researchers examined chemical brain processes known to have changed in the past 200,000 years.

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KEYWORDS: civilization; culture; evolution; food; godsgravesglyphs; humanity; intelligence
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Soliton is a finalist to be selected to the most original amateur Buffalo wing sauce at the National Buffalo Wing Festival on Labor Day.

Soliton. Although he is not speaking in the first person, he is humbled by his making it this far, and confident that it will go no farther because of my stance on ID and the Shroud of Turin.

1 posted on 08/12/2008 4:23:21 PM PDT by Soliton
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To: Soliton

Oh? lets hear some more about yer sauce,,,, I love hot wings


2 posted on 08/12/2008 4:27:31 PM PDT by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: Soliton
the finding sheds light on what made us, as Khaitovich put it, 'so strange compared to other animals.'"

What could it be that sets us apart? Whatever could it be? Oh! I know! Cooking!

3 posted on 08/12/2008 4:32:24 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: SunkenCiv

May be of interest.


4 posted on 08/12/2008 4:32:35 PM PDT by KoRn (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Soliton
If the world began again...."Learning" in the same type of environment would just repeat itself...

What life does require is stimulation and the world is full of that.

MAN searches beyond the "seen". That's where animals stop.

5 posted on 08/12/2008 4:35:30 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Soliton
"For a long time, humans were pretty dumb, doing little but make 'the same very boring stone tools for almost 2 million years,' says Philipp Khaitovich of the Partner Institute for Computational Biology in Shanghai. Then, 150,000 years ago, our big brains suddenly got smart. We started innovating.

We pay a huge price for our big brains and arrested development. Sort of counter-darwinian-intuitive to suggest that we developed a much bigger brain than required and then all of a sudden found uses for it.

Sort of like a Cheetah developming on an island where its only prey are sloths.

6 posted on 08/12/2008 4:43:27 PM PDT by SampleMan (We are a free and industrious people, socialist nannies do not become us.)
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To: Soliton

And I thought this thread was going to be about Martha Stewart or Julia Child. :)


7 posted on 08/12/2008 4:45:17 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Soliton

That’s one heck of an accomplishment, I’d love to taste Soliton’s sauce (or is it baked in?). How soon before we can start speaking of Soliton in the first person again?


8 posted on 08/12/2008 4:51:07 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ClearCase_guy
What could it be that sets us apart? Whatever could it be? Oh! I know! Cooking! BEER!!!

It is a little-known fact that man's cognitive development can be traced to the point when he started experimenting with alcoholic beverages.

9 posted on 08/12/2008 4:53:50 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Soliton

In fact, Soliton’s Buffalo wing sauce is a descendent of mead. The truth cannot be more clear.


10 posted on 08/12/2008 4:55:28 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Soliton
Then, 150,000 years ago, our big brains suddenly got smart.

Are brains smart, or are those with brains smart?

This article is so poorly worded it's not worth commenting on.

But good luck with the sauce, Soliton!

11 posted on 08/12/2008 4:56:01 PM PDT by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: Soliton

read later


12 posted on 08/12/2008 4:57:01 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: carlo3b

Ping, WiseGuy.


13 posted on 08/12/2008 5:05:24 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Soliton

“our big brains suddenly got smart”

all of a sudden.

for no particular reason.

What an intelligent notion. Why, we see examples like this in nature all the time.


14 posted on 08/12/2008 5:17:02 PM PDT by Marie2 (Osama & Obama - both have friends who've bombed the Pentagon.)
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To: Soliton

This makes good sense because while I am waiting for my steaks to cook on the grill, I am usually in my lawn chair reading a book. Now if I had to go out and hunt my meat with a spear and eat it raw, I probably wouldn’t have much time for reading.


15 posted on 08/12/2008 5:20:31 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 17 days away from outliving Kirby Puckett)
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To: Flycatcher

Brains taste good


16 posted on 08/12/2008 5:27:25 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton

Humanity began when we learned to BBQ.


17 posted on 08/12/2008 5:28:21 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama, keep the change!)
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To: Soliton

Total bunk. Some secularist’s wet dream fantasy.


18 posted on 08/12/2008 5:30:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: 1rudeboy

It is made with Southern Comfort and Thai inspired flavours, like Thai basil, Ginger, garlic, and Thai bird peppers. It’s a sweet glaze. “Finalist” just means I have made the first cut. They asked if I can compete on the 31st. I am waiting for an email.


19 posted on 08/12/2008 5:31:31 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Total bunk. Some secularist’s wet dream fantasy.

Check Genesis. Even God loved the smell of burning meat!

20 posted on 08/12/2008 5:32:50 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Mike Darancette
Humanity began when we learned to BBQ.

and ended

21 posted on 08/12/2008 5:33:55 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton

I am talking about the millions of years being bunk, not about cooking. Figured you’d know that.


22 posted on 08/12/2008 5:34:07 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: ModelBreaker
And I thought this thread was going to be about Martha Stewart or Julia Child. :)

Martha Stewart is Julia's child!

23 posted on 08/12/2008 5:35:21 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton
confident that it will go no farther because of my stance on ID and the Shroud of Turin.

Yer not allowed to expect the Buffalo Wing Inquisition, surprise being one of their chief weapons and all.

24 posted on 08/12/2008 5:35:49 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: Soliton

Soliton’s inclusion of Southern Comfort (80 or 100 proof?) in the recipe is a professional touch. Does his process evaporate the alcohol, or does it remain?


25 posted on 08/12/2008 5:36:31 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Secret Agent Man
I am talking about the millions of years being bunk, not about cooking. Figured you’d know that.

I don't know. Good brisket takes a long time.

26 posted on 08/12/2008 5:37:35 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton

And further, man did not eat animals until after the flood. God showed Adam how to make a burnt offering, but they didn’t eat the offering. We know that mankind was to eat the seed-bearing plants of the garden. After the fall of man, God told Adam now he’d have to work hard to grow crops to eat. We further know that mankind was able to eat animals after the flood when God told Noah that now everything that lived on the earth would be meat (in addition to the plants they always could eat).


27 posted on 08/12/2008 5:37:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: 1rudeboy

80 proof reduced by half. Persimmon jelly too.


28 posted on 08/12/2008 5:38:53 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton
Reduced meaning diluted? Or after the process of reduction?

Silly question, but I have to ask.

29 posted on 08/12/2008 5:42:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Simmer until volume reduced by half to thicken. Hey! are you the competition?


30 posted on 08/12/2008 5:44:52 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton

I was wondering when Soliton would ask . . . LOL, no.


31 posted on 08/12/2008 5:46:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Submissions closed yesterday at noon.


32 posted on 08/12/2008 5:48:21 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton

I live in Chicago, where Buffalo wing sauces are prepared by buffoons. (I’m sure there are some good ones out there, but I haven’t come-across any).


33 posted on 08/12/2008 5:50:54 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Soliton
it will go no farther because of my stance on ID

Standing on an id sounds uncomfortable. I prefer to stand on my ego. : - )

Best wishes on the wings. Do those ancestors proud!

34 posted on 08/12/2008 5:59:28 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: 1rudeboy

My family is grown, but we take a trip together every year. If we travel on Saturday, I have to make sure that our hotel or campground is near a Catholic church for my wife and the best wings in the area for all of us for Sunday.

I went to middle and high school in Chicago. I played hockey for Hinsdale Central. I have had upside down marguritas on Rush street, but never any wings there.


35 posted on 08/12/2008 6:05:26 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: aposiopetic

Are you wearing a Freudian slip?


36 posted on 08/12/2008 6:06:34 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: 1rudeboy

I thought about it and I was there on business a few years ago and we had some good wings at the Cubby Bear ( not the one at Wrigley field


37 posted on 08/12/2008 6:11:21 PM PDT by Soliton (> 100)
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To: Soliton
I didn't swim, because I didn't feel like Hinsdale Central kicking my ass. So I played water polo instead.

Buffalo wings (and I am certainly not an expert about them) in Chicago are invariably overcooked, and prepared by someone who thinks "good" and "hot" are synonymous.

38 posted on 08/12/2008 6:12:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Soliton
Id on't know, but can you imagine how many pages Sigmund would have written just on some hypothetical hidden meaning of Buffalo wings?
39 posted on 08/12/2008 6:31:46 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Soliton
We started innovating. We tried different materials. We started creating art and maybe even religion.

Interesting… The theory of gravitation doesn’t deal with ‘stories’ about ‘religion and art’ but we always read that evolution and the theory of gravitation should be taught side by side as factual based science. It seems to me that there are actual differences between these two theories when one theory does discuss the actual formation of ‘religion and art’ as related to another ultimately mindless adaptation in the animal world.

BTW, I have won many local chili cook offs and even placed regionally (St. George Island, Fl) and it has always been a lot of fun. Good luck with the Buffalo wing sauce you created.

40 posted on 08/12/2008 6:59:55 PM PDT by Heartlander
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To: Soliton
Bob Dole approves of this message.

Good luck with the wings sauce.

41 posted on 08/12/2008 7:59:54 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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42 posted on 08/12/2008 10:18:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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The Neandertal Enigma
by James Shreeve
Frayer's own reading of the record reveals a number of overlooked traits that clearly and specifically link the Neandertals to the Cro-Magnons. One such trait is the shape of the opening of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, a spot where dentists often give a pain-blocking injection. In many Neandertal, the upper portion of the opening is covered by a broad bony ridge, a curious feature also carried by a significant number of Cro-Magnons. But none of the alleged 'ancestors of us all' fossils from Africa have it, and it is extremely rare in modern people outside Europe." [pp 126-127]

43 posted on 08/12/2008 10:20:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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well, there you go...malach 'one who is sent to execute an order' came down with a blast and burned almost every living thing to a crisp...and cooking was invented.

There's always a bright side.

44 posted on 08/12/2008 10:47:19 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Fred Nerks

The smell of perking coffee and frying bacon would have done the trick for the cognition, at least in the morning.


45 posted on 08/12/2008 11:04:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Soliton; All

This is how & why human cognition began its dramatic leap forward:

http://www.amazingribs.com/

Everyone loves ribs because they are primal, sensual eating. No forks, no linen, just meat on a stick, sauce on your face. “Don’t play with your food” doesn’t apply when you’re gnawing on ribs. Nothing is more fun to eat, and when they are cooked properly, there is damned little that tastes better. Their blend of flavors is a narcotic elixir that can addict you on first bite. You become focused on eating, obsessed with tugging and scraping the bones clean, moaning and shaking your head all the while.

Great barbecue sauce
No doubt the first ribs were shared by cavemen soon after the first forest fire. Since then, cooking with fire has always meant a gathering the clan outdoors, and there is no more intimate gathering than hanging around the fire with the sweet smell of smoke and meat in the air, with a beer in hand. To this day, nothing says “party” like ribs. The scent can make your nose smile and your mouth cry. Barbecue is pure porknography.

Ribs are easy to cook once you know how, yet they are the holy grail of backyard chefs from coast to coast. This website is for all the trash-talkers around the world who aspire to make the best ribs on the block, and then brag about them. It’s not hard. Get plenty of napkins, strap on a bib (or better still, an apron), and dig in! And if you don’t get messy, you’re not doing it right!


46 posted on 08/12/2008 11:09:49 PM PDT by Enchante (If oil was botox then Nancy Pelosi would have us drilling everywhere!!! (hat tip, STARWISE))
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To: SunkenCiv

I don’t know about the coffee, but once you’ve seen the natives collecting roasted lizards, goanna, fried kangaroo and koala after a bushfire, there’s no mystery about how and where cooking was ‘invented’ -

And fire sacrifice was nothing but following example...if the ‘gods’ want their offering charred, that’s what we’ll send them. Hey, no primitive man in his right mind would wake up one morning and say to himself, I think I’ll get some wood, make a fire and burn my mammoth/deer/horse to a crisp before I eat it...

He got the idea from scavenging after the fire passed through.


47 posted on 08/12/2008 11:21:51 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: Fred Nerks

:’) Exactly.


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To: 1rudeboy

With the invention of beer it was inevitable that cooking would be invented. Why else to get beaned with a frying pan for staggering back to the cave after having a few.


49 posted on 08/13/2008 5:36:06 AM PDT by bigheadfred (The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. Are your chastity belts fastened?)
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To: Heartlander

I thought this thread was about the theory of gravytation. :-)


50 posted on 08/13/2008 5:38:49 AM PDT by bigheadfred (The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson. Are your chastity belts fastened?)
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