What’s the difference between a frog and a modern human?

by John Stapel

A frog is unable to regulate its internal temperature. It is what we call cold-blooded. If it gets too cold, it must seek refuge in the mud at the bottom. It is also unable to regulate its evaporation, hence it can never go far from a pond lest it dry out. Lizards are slightly more advanced. While they are cold-blooded as well meaning that their activity is regulated by whether it is cold or warm, they can regulate or prevent evaporation on their own and thus lizards can live in very dry areas. Mammals are more advanced still. Mammals are warm-blooded. They are, therefore not very dependent on whether it is warm or cold. If sufficiently dry, humans can live in temperature over 125F without heating up internally. Through the use of technology, modern humans are even more independent of the environment — whether it is dry or wet, cold or warm — using technology for heating and air-condition allows modern humans to live independent of the environment by using energy and resources to build and maintain bubbles viz. homes, offices, and means of transport that like bubbles completely isolate modern humans to the point that they become dependent on the isolation. Having forgotten how to live with the environment, forgotten how to dress for the rain, wind, and sun with sweat glands atrophied from disuse, they are fully dependent on maintaining the bubbles they live in at enormous costs both to the frogs (which are dying out) and the environment but also in terms of personal costs having substituted hard work for something that their bodies were once capable of doing naturally at less cost overall. Maybe it is time to relearn how to live right and more efficiently.

Originally posted 2009-03-20 16:03:44.