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The Devolution of Strength? May 28, 2014

Posted by geoff in News.
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I came across this possible explanation as to why some IBers might not exhibit Herculean strength. Or near-Herculean strength. Or remotely-distant Herculean strength. Or strength.

Researchers in China say that starting roughly 6 million years ago, evolution supported intellect over brawn, and our bodies compensated by diverting energy from muscle production to brain development. In other words, humans became punier as their brains got larger.

But check out the last line of the article:

“It is a very simple explanation, and it could be completely wrong,” Khaitovich said. “In evolution, however, simple explanations often work well.”

Why did they waste our time? Speculation like this is for fun and inspiration; it’s not science.

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1. geoff - May 28, 2014

I think the real problem is that they’re measuring the wrong things. Sure we don’t have the pull strength of a chimpanzee, but how long can a chimp sit and watch TV? Huh?

2. lauraw - May 28, 2014

It depends on what’s on TV, and if he’s wearing a diaper. Same as in humans.

3. geoff - May 28, 2014

It depends on what’s on TV…

That’s just it – we can watch anything. For hours.

But a diaper – that’s worth adding to the repertoire.

4. Nanny G - May 28, 2014

The Chinese are stupid if they believe this:
“…..evolution supported intellect over brawn, and our bodies compensated by diverting energy from muscle production to brain development…”

Truth is, no matter how smart you are, doing exercise will create pores in each muscle fiber that exerts, causing blood to be able to feed it more than before.

Some diabetics are so low on these pores that they can literally starve to death even though they eat a lot!
Their lack of exercise along with their blood sugar issue leaves entire muscles without even one pore through which to receive nourishment!

Now, eating, otoh, takes away some blood to the brain temporarily so that digestion can give it more ”food” later.

5. Mr. Matamoros - May 28, 2014

Are we not Men?
We are DEVO!

(Just had to say it…)

6. lauraw - May 28, 2014

That’s just it – we can watch anything. For hours.

Not this human. The internet has reduced my attention span to that of a

*suddenly opens new tab for no reason*

7. skinbad - May 29, 2014

I know. The kids will want me to sit down and watch something with them and all I think is “That’s a commitment I’m not prepared to make.”

8. lauraw - May 30, 2014

If you ask them for help in the yard every time they ask you to sit down and watch a program, they’ll stop doing that.


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