The Prehistoric Learning Metric Still Roaming the Earth Today

Location: The African Savanna

Date: Fifty-Thousand Years Ago

A group of prehistoric hunter-gatherers are seated around a fire, their bellies full with the bounty of a successful hunt. Gorg, the alpha-male, recounts proudly how he threw the sharpened flint-tipped spear at the running antelope, resulting in the animal’s immediate death. Spared the typical hours of tracking an injured beast under the hot sun, the hunters enjoyed a rare easy day, expending few calories yet consuming many.

Parg, a young member of the tribe, interrupts Gorg’s boastful tale of success:

–“Parg throw spear next time. Parg no want to just carry dead antelope.”

Gorg responds:

–“Parg not great hunter like Gorg. Not ready to throw spear.”

A disappointed Parg presses his case:

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