How did our ancestors learn to cook if they didn't already have big brains?
Before they could discover cooking of food, they had to discover fire, which means they also had to have mastered tools to reproducibly make sparks, and strategies to gather/cut tinder and brush.
In order to do these two things, they needed to be out of the trees already, walking about.
Seems to me something else happened before cooking to set us on the path to humanity. I think it's a matter of degree - the leap from tree ape to ground ape is probably one thing, the leap from eating raw foods and having a thick coat of hair and long gut to conserve and extract energy, to harnessing fire and cooking foods and losing the gut and the hairy coat, another thing maybe an order of magnitude more important towards abstract reasoning. Somewhere between tree ape and fire, came social organization and cooperation for achieving goals.
mete any thoughts on the order of these things, their magnitude, etc.?
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