Did We Become So Intelligent Thanks To Agriculture, Eating More Carbs And Burning Glucose Instead Of Fats (ketosis)? Is Burning Of Glucose Worse Than Burning Of Fats And Ketones?
There is an arguable relationship between nutrition and the evolution of human intelligence, but it has nothing to do with agriculture. Modern humans appeared about 300,000 years ago. Homo Sapiens Sapiens… Us. At that point, our ancestors were pretty much as smart and imaginative and intelligent as are we. Agriculture would not be developed for a very long time…. About 10,000 BC or a bit before. So… The big jump in intelligence occurred between the time our our most-direct ancestor, Homo Heidelburgensis… Who had a brain about 75% of the size of Sapiens, and who had a complex tool-kit, fire, etc, etc. There is some thought that the improved diet, in the form of meat consumption, may have influenced brain growth. (Not plant foods) However, there’s also the thought that many other things may have influenced intelligence as well, and that perhaps all of them played their part. The much earlier development of bipedal locomotion enabling the use of the hands, the actual move from a jungle environment to a plains environment, etc, etc. Continue reading >>