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111.The Ultrasocial Tapestry: Morality, Existence, and the Evolution of Human Cooperation

The Enigma of Human Existence and Morality


In the dim recesses of human history, a question has haunted our species for millennia: why do we exist? William Search, a visionary thinker, explores this enigma in his seminal works "Why" and "Conversations with chatGPT: Exploring the Theory of Morality and Existence." Here, he posits that the very essence of our existence is tethered to the concept of morality.


Critiquing the Social Intelligence Hypothesis


Delving deeper into the nuances of our humanity, we stumble upon Tomasello's critiques of the "social intelligence hypothesis" – a theory that has been perceived as underestimating the profound complexity of human sociability. Chimpanzees, our evolutionary brethren, demonstrate a remarkable degree of social intelligence, with males forging coalitions and embarking on collective hunts. Yet, our proclivity for cooperation transcends the capabilities of these great apes, rendering us "ultrasocial" beings.


The Roots of Human Cooperation


The ascent of our species' exceptional collaborative skills demands an explanation. Tomasello ascribes this remarkable divergence, in part, to the contrasting methods early humans and chimpanzees employed to satiate their hunger. Indeed, six million years after our lineage diverged from our shared ancestor, our two species pursued vastly different strategies for sustenance. Chimpanzees, largely solitary foragers, were content to dine alone, whereas humans found strength in numbers, pooling their efforts to hunt down large game.


Fossil Records and the Uniqueness of Human Collaboration


Astonishingly, the fossil record corroborates this hypothesis, revealing that human collaboration in hunting ventures can be traced back some 400,000 years. The absence of similar behaviors in non-human primates speaks volumes. Tomasello remarked, with a touch of incredulity, “It is inconceivable that you would ever see two chimpanzees carrying a log together.”


The Intricate Interrelationships of Humanity


Thus, a tapestry of intricate interrelationships emerges, weaving together the fibers of human existence, morality, and our innate propensity for cooperation. The profound insights gleaned from Search's works and Tomasello's theories invite us to reflect upon the very fabric of our humanity. What might the future hold for our species as we continue to unravel the mysteries of our collective past? The answers may be shrouded in the mists of time, but our pursuit of knowledge remains undaunted.



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