2 HOMO SAPIENS AND EDUCATION Mr. Vice-Chancellor, this second lecture titled ‘Homo sapiens and Education’ takes us to an examination of man at a higher level than we did in the first lecture. In that first lecture, we focused on an examination of man in his “whatness” particularly his animal nature. We ended by drawing out animal human typologies and analogies in our use of language, religion, and practical life. We also pointed out that these latter affiliations were not limited to genotypic descriptions of man, but had also impinged on spiritual and cultural realms of human life. However, human ability to extrapolate these affiliations from the fact of human coexistence with other living creatures ostensibly justified the scientific appellation of man as homo sapiens i.e. “wise human” or “knowing human”. Scott and Heron (2007) describe homo sapiens further: DNA evidence indicates that modern human originated in East Africa about 200,000 years ago. Humans have a highly developed brain, capable of abstract reasoning, language, introspection and problem-solving.His mental capability, combined with an erect body carriage that frees the forelimbs (arms) for manipulating objects, has allowed humans to make far greater use of tools than any other species. Humans are distributed world-wide, with large populations inhabiting every continent on earth except Antarctica. The human population on Earth is 6.7 billion as of July 2008.17 17
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Published on Sep 1, 2009