All of us, as great as we imagine our individual intellects to be, are like tiny ants riding the wave of the super-intelligent entity that is collective humanity.
Here's Why 👇🏾
Every iteration of human innovation has led to the most basic building blocks in our modern world.
We have the benefit of building on centuries of compounded knowledge. There's little we do from scratch and our world is now so complex that we'll never need to.
Could you make a pencil by yourself? from scratch?
A pencil seems so fundamentally basic. It's one of the first illustrations children see.
But none of us (REALLY) know how to make one.
To construct something as simple as a pencil takes mining graphite, cutting wood, shaping metal, and figuring out whatever modern erasers are made out of.
I want to say a rubber plant is involved, but I have no idea and won’t allow myself to google it.
Imagine everything humans had made vanished in a flash. All of our machines, our tools, and our buildings.
If we were all standing naked wherever we are in the world, and our collective task was to make a single iPhone 13, could we do it?
Probably not. We'd descend into anarchy.
In the sum of a few hours, you can open any old book and instantly absorb a lifetime of knowledge.
There are fields of knowledge that people spent 60 of their best years contributing to, and everything they discovered can now be communicated in a two-minute Youtube video.
The colony is far smarter than any of us.
Each of us instantly benefits at birth from aeons of collective knowledge and enterprise.
Two centuries ago we couldn't walk in dark without a lantern.
The idea of a single human living and surviving completely alone was a fantasy until the last century.
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I dug deep into the incredible human infrastructure behind things we take for granted like ordering food, playing with dogs, and eating potatoes.
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