This brilliant article which is the content of a speech delivered by renowned author, philosopher & linguist, Noam Chomsky, discusses an old argument made by American Biologist, Ernst Mayr, which says that intelligence is a form of lethal mutation.
“…He also added, a little bit ominously, that the average life span of a species, of the billions that have existed, is about 100,000 years, which is roughly the length of time that modern humans have existed.
With the environmental crisis, we’re now in a situation where we can decide whether Mayr was right or not. If nothing significant is done about it, and pretty quickly, then he will have been correct: human intelligence is indeed a lethal mutation…”
With World Environment Day almost upon us, the time to reflect upon the impact of human intelligence on the planet is now. Read the full article from Green Times.