Thought as crowning

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Ah, long time since I’d been so delighted by so wonderful a metaphor!

Intelligence is a big deal. Humanity owes its dominant position on Earth not to any special strength of our muscles, nor any unusual sharpness of our teeth, but to the unique ingenuity of our brains. It is our brains that are responsible for the complex social organization and the accumulation of technical, economic, and scientific advances that, for better and worse, undergird modern civilization.

All our technological inventions, philosophical ideas, and scientific theories have gone through the birth canal of the human intellect. Arguably, human brain power is the chief rate-limiting factor in the development of human civilization.

Daniel Edward’s The Birth of Sean Preston sculpture homage to Britney Spears, modern fertility goddess (another fascinating metaphor)

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