Remember “The 3 Little Pigs”? If we want to teach kids the value of hard work and saving, much easier to do it through story.
It’s not just 3 Little Pigs. Think of “The Lean Startup”, Das Kapital, The Highway Code, #metoo or “The Bible” – stories have transferred knowledge to billions of people.
– Think of our brain as humanity’s hardware.
– And Stories as our software.
Compare a human and a Giraffe baby. As soon as its born, a Giraffe can stand. Human babies are useless in the wild. But there’s a good reason for that. The human brain’s plasticity gives us a unique ability to adapt.It takes millions of iterations and mutations to evolve useful evolutionary advantages at the hardware level.
By transferring our learned adaptations (morals, lessons, how-to’s) into “The Cloud”, humanity has effectively decoupled evolution from the limits of physical hardware. This decoupling has massively accelerated our evolutionary progress.