Devolution of Man: I Will Make You a B[el]ieber
Recently, a study group of evolutionary biologists suggested something to the effect that “evolution was deselecting for human intelligence”, or undergoing evolutionary regression. I don’t recall where I saw it, now. I think it was in The Guardian.
But… here’s the proof.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones once sang about his discovery that he was an animal — a “monkey man“. The Kinks song “Apeman” is quite similar. I think human beings may be taking this piece of self-discovery as evolutionary consequence — such as it is — as regressive auto-suggestion. And perhaps, therefore, more than a teensy-weensy bit too far.
I’m a monkey! I’m a monkey!
I’m a monkey man! I’m a monkey man!
I’m a monkey! I’m a monkey! I’m a monkey! I’m a monkey!
Monkey! monkey! monkey!…….
It sort of gives some poignancy to Nietzsche’s quip in Zarathustra: “Once you were apes, and even now, too, man is more ape than any ape.”