Human history tells the story not of facts but of subjectivity. Each era, each civilization, each society and even each and every one of our own minds narrates its own story of significance. But what would a value-free extraterrestrial witness of infinite patience consider to be the basic cosmological highlights of this 3d rock from the Sun?
Perhaps, the following...
4 billion years ago: Pre-cellular life begins. (You call this life?! B-o-o-o-ring!)
2 billion years ago: Cellular life beings. (Cute but still b-o-o-o-ring!)
400 million years ago: Fish develop legs. (Hmm... Intelligence on land?)
500 000 years ago: Homo Sapiens appears. (Consciousness on land? Uh huh... Yep... Noted...)
April 12th, 1961: a Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to fly into outer space. (Consciousness in space? Now, that's a development to watch! What's next?! Consciousness goes on AWOL from Matter?!!)
I don't know about you but I am still gaga about Gagarin!
Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author of "Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time" (New Harbinger, 2008) www.eatingthemoment.com