Do you know who Neil Tyson, or Neil deGrasse Tyson, is? Tyson is a very intelligent man. He is an astrophysicist. Since 2006, Tyson has been the host of the TV Science program, Nova.
I recently saw a Video on which Neil Tyson talked about the difference between a human and a chimpanzee. According to Tyson, the difference in the DNA of a human and a chimpanzee is only around 1% or so. Even though we share nearly 99% identical DNA, humans have been able to use that 1% difference to do some incredible things. As Tyson pointed out in the Video, the most intelligent chip can maybe do a little bit of sign language in order to communicate with humans. Human beings, though, have accomplished mind boggling feats such as deploying the Hubble Space Telescope. Yet, our difference in DNA is only about 5% between the two species. Amazing.
Tyson went on to point out and discuss what it would be like if, in our search for intelligent life, what if we found another species who shared 99% of DNA with us humans, but had that extra 1% that would make them more intelligent than we are? How would that change things? Would the newly discovered species even have an interest in communicating with is, or would we be just like an insect or some unintelligent life form to them?
Tyson has a point here. Frankly, I never thought about it, and really, I don’t think I ever realized that chimpanzee DNA is only 1% different than our human DNA. It’s fascinating to learn about this. That 1% difference pronounces itself in a huge different in our skill sets, even though 1% is a tiny difference.
In your daily life, maybe when you were bored, did your mind ever wander and the thought came to you “what do other life forms think of us?” It occurs to me on a somewhat frequent basis. For example, were you ever out in your yard and your dog is there.. what does a dog think of us? Do they think of us much like we would think of God? What about ants, flies or other insects, what are they thinking when they come in contact with us? It’s a strange question, but interesting nonetheless. Don’t you think? I do.