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.

evolution of manthe devolution of manThe shockingly shirtless Simian Justin Bieber. Notice a resemblance with a certain primate ancestor? I call it “Simian Style”.

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!Β  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.”

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10 responses to “Devolution of Man: I Will Make You a B[el]ieber”

    • LittleBigMan says :

      It was funny to read: “A hunter-gatherer who did not correctly conceive a solution to providing food or shelter probably died, along with his or her progeny”

      That contradicts the premise of the article, since if the less capable ones and their progenies perished, how could mankind have devolved into a less intelligent species?

      But how we feel about Gerald Crabtree’s theory, it seems to me, depends entirely on how we are willing to define “intelligence”. I think once a commonly accepted definition of ‘intelligence’ begins to include our level of awareness of extra-sensory phenomenon, we will find that he is right, and that although the more physically able and mentally intelligent specimens were likely to be the ones that survived, somehow we have become less aware of our entire being. It must’ve been in that sense that mankind has lost some intelligence. If I could Interpret Nietzsche in this same way, then, he must’ve meant that even an ape is more aware of its whole being than man, today.

  1. LittleBigMan says :

    “Devolution of Man: Justin Bieber”

    LOL! LOL! πŸ™‚ Bieber’s pose has a strinking resemblance with that of the second monkey from the left πŸ™‚ So his regression is almost complete πŸ™‚

    You know, “the Adventures of TinTin” were some of my favorite childhood books. In one of the books, “Flight 714” (I’m holding the book in my hand right now πŸ™‚ ) the crime boss, Rastapopoulos, and his close aid are running through the jungles of Indonesia. At one point, they come across a monkey in the jungle which has a striking resemblance to Rastapopoulos. Although the aid and Rastapopoulos are running for their lives in the jungle, the aid gets a kick out of the resemblance between the monkey and his boss. Here’s straight from page 42 of “Flight 714”:

    The aid: Oh! A monkey! …A prob…a…got it! A proboscis monkey! Ha! ha! Look, scooting along like a rabit. My, what a sight!…What a conk!… Did ever you see such a conk? Reminds me of someone…Now, who can it…

    At this point, the aid looks at his boss and tries to hold his laughter after realizing the creature closley resembles his own boss.

    Great fun post. Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Scott Preston says :

      It is strange that some people took issue with Bieber’s shirtlessness, rather than his Simian posture and gait. Actually, I think they confused the two things in their minds. At some level of their perception, what shocked them was not “shirtlessness”, but that combined with his “simian style”. But since they couldn’t quite put their finger on what made them uneasy or disturbed about the image, they focussed on the issue of “shirtless”, which I think is quite irrelevant except as an aspect of the entire “gestalt” represented here — shirtless AND simian. Their uneasiness about the whole thing was a result of the incompleteness of their percept.

      • LittleBigMan says :

        LOL! πŸ™‚ Truly, truly. Because I see shirtless men/women here in California all the time, especially when it gets warmer. These folks don’t usually attract too much attention that would be out of the ordinary. But combine any of that with the “simian style” and I’m sure that would attract attention πŸ™‚

        I love the play on Bieber’s name: “Devolution of Man: I Will Make You a B[el]ieber” πŸ™‚

  2. Scott Preston says :

    This “simian style” isn’t just Bieber’s. I’ve noticed it in others, and of course in the lyrics of the two songs by Jagger and Davies. Two possible interpretations occur to me.

    First, that with “the death of God” man regresses back to the ape, because what is called “God” was a destiny and appointment which the creature “man” was attempting to reach and keep. This is no longer felt as a destiny, a promise, or an appointment to be kept by oaths, promises, and vows — as a command to the creature “man” to finally transcend himself, or as Jesus put it “Be thou therefore perfect even as thy Father in Heaven…”. Man no longer aspires to that, but experiences his being as a dry leaf blown about by the arbitrary whims and winds of something he calls “evolution” (without mature understanding of this, as yet).

    Second, though, is an alternative possibility in the stooped gesture, in the almost knuckle dragging gait, is the humbling of the proud human narcissistic ego which discovers its own nothingness. The stooped posture is like someone feeling not the death of God so much, perhaps, but the weight of God or the weight of history or the weight of “nature” and its own unredeemed animality which finds itself a burden. This “sickness” could actually be healthy in the long run, as it will force the creature “man” to confront himself honestly, force him to the wall, and thereby (as the saying goes) to “either sink or swim.”

  3. amothman33 says :

    When accountablity toward the promise is denied,defied, degeneration is a must .It is a law. There is a verse in chapter95 of the quran which says, we have creatd the human in the most perfected form ,then he denied and was turned into the worst possible form and there is the story of the jews who defied the god and were turned into apes.If we only have trust, but it seems denial is part of the human constitution.

  4. amothman33 says :

    The fall of man deserves more than one post. I have read about the descent of man by Darwin.A major work which have been submerged, in which he highlite the importance of nurture in the development of the human species. In the quran there a warning to mankind not to let the satan to nude you. Some time i wonder how this devolution is connected to the trade of pornography. In the case of the post and the mail it is not a question of misreading but out right lie.
    , which Is another sign of devolution

  5. Scott Preston says :

    Er… I really didn’t know until this report today that the Biebs actually had a monkey companion

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/justin-bieber-s-monkey-quarantined-in-germany-1.1217168

    Ironic.

    • LittleBigMan says :

      LOL πŸ™‚ “Monkey will have to stay with authorities for the time being” πŸ™‚

      It was inevitable πŸ™‚

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