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InvisibleSwami
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Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength
    #745344 - 07/14/02 01:22 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Chimpanzees (and similar monkeys and apes) are roughly 10 times stronger than a human (pound for pound). Let's NOT argue about the factor of 10. Let's instead discuss why or how we have lost so much physical strength compared to our furry brethren. (plus other things like sense of smell, speed, reaction time)

As an aside, I once saw an enraged 45 pound chimp pull apart the bars on his cage which were 0.5" iron! (Shades of King Kong.) A dozen tranquilizer darts had no effect, so he was shot & killed.

Here are a few possibilities:

Disuse

Breeding

Lowered evolutionary pressures

Humans were a physically flawed mutation (lack of fur!)

Humans are the result or alien DNA experiments (thought I would add this early)

Strength is latent, but infrequently accessed.

Our limited psychic energy is directed more into the mind than the body.

Other.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745414 - 07/14/02 02:17 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I think that the differences between the strength of man and the strength of chimpanzee (along with the other differences you mentioned) are mainly due to the different evolutionary paths we have taken.
Species evolve to survive. Chimpanzees (obviously) do not have the brain power that humans have for some reason evolved. They do not have language either. These are the tools that we use to survive in our environment. Since the chimpanzees do not have these tools, they have evolved great strength and superior senses in order to survive in their environment.
That is the way that I look at it. Don't ask me why we are the only species to evolve such immense brain power though


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745472 - 07/14/02 02:53 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I think the strength issue maybe disuse, however I am not sure about the others. I am not oppose to the idea of alien dna manipulation (including higher powers).


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745546 - 07/14/02 03:33 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I think our evolutionary energy is being concentrated on dimensions higher than the physical.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745561 - 07/14/02 03:43 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Unfortunately, the difference has nothing to do with spirituality, dna , manipulation. The best example i can use to clarify this point is to have you look at a cat's hind legs. If you feel the tendon the tendon comes across the joint at a rather acute angle. This creates a larger "momentum arm". The answer is all about understanding moment arms.

The moment arm is the perpendicular distance from the joint to the line of the muscles pull. So if the chimp was exhibiting 10 lbs of force and his momentum am was 10 he would be generating 100 of power (units dont matter for discussion sake). The same 10 lbs of force being utilized across a momentum arm of one in a human, (these ratios arent true just an example), then the human would be exhibiting 10 units of power. The ape with a contractile force from its muscle as the human's muscle is applying 10 times the power of the human.

Animals are suited, in general with larger momentum arms than humans. Additionally, and this is peculation, I owuld guess that they have a higher percentage of "fast twitch" muscle fibers in their muscle bellies than humans


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: llib]
    #745591 - 07/14/02 03:55 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

your comment does not address the sensual issues of the discussion, only the physical.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Larrythescaryrex]
    #745604 - 07/14/02 04:01 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

what do you mean by "sensual"


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: llib]
    #745637 - 07/14/02 04:26 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Humans are capable of great potential, we only use a very small amount of our
strength ect (including the brain). Its sorta like haveing a new device hooked up to you computer but the software dosent recognised it. We do have hidden energys that most of us are unable to tap into. I have even seen report of people blowing out tv sets cos there body is producing a high electro magnetic field and people lifting heavy objects in a crisis situation. It our minds that stops us not our bodys.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: EvilGir]
    #745645 - 07/14/02 04:31 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

scientifically speaking you are correct
at times of complete duress when physical strength is needed, there are numerous accounts of superhuman strength
simple caffeine makes you stronger try it
lift some weights, get your max
next day take two vivrin 45 minutes beforehand, now try your max
caffeine is an anticholinesterase inhibitor and increases cyclic amp at the muscle cell membrane which cause the sarcoplasmic reticulum to dump calcium that binds to troponin and the tropomyosin complex increasing contractility


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: llib]
    #745657 - 07/14/02 04:39 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

True but they are substance like PCP can praticle make you imortial. You could take massive damage to you body and still be on the move. But this could also be down to the drug inducing a primial mind set as PCP can make you extremley dangerous to you self and other people. Basicly a superhuman Pscyo.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: llib]
    #745692 - 07/14/02 04:56 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

relating to the senses. I.E. sight, smell, ect.


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invoke the shadows and dust, cast a hex
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relocate from Ur to 8th density and become a cosmic bully
mulder and scully couldn't decipher his glyphs
invoke the shadows and dust, smoke infernal spliffs"
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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745711 - 07/14/02 05:04 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

"Let's instead discuss why or how we have lost so much physical strength compared to our furry brethren."

This presupposes that we once had the same strength. In order to so we have to posit evolution as the reason for the origin of man. The evidence for such is still sadly lacking contrary to the opinion of empirical science. The gap between man and other primates is huge. It always has been and it always will be.

The best answer to explain the difference so far has been llib's:

"The moment arm is the perpendicular distance from the joint to the line of the muscles pull. So if the chimp was exhibiting 10 lbs of force and his momentum am was 10 he would be generating 100 of power (units dont matter for discussion sake). The same 10 lbs of force being utilized across a momentum arm of one in a human, (these ratios arent true just an example), then the human would be exhibiting 10 units of power. The ape with a contractile force from its muscle as the human's muscle is applying 10 times the power of the human."


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745715 - 07/14/02 05:04 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Maybe we're all just really lazy. Using our superstrength takes too much energy... we'd rather just sit back and chill with some dank... or a beer (for all you non-psychonauts that probably aren't reading this anyways).


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #745866 - 07/14/02 06:06 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

...are mainly due to the different evolutionary paths we have taken.

OK, but what is the evolutionary ADVANTAGE to being weaker? It is not an either/or proposition.



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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: EvilGir]
    #745877 - 07/14/02 06:11 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

It our minds that stops us not our bodys.

To some degree. However, it is important to note that other animals don't have to do any form of mental training to tap into this power.




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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745916 - 07/14/02 06:28 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

OK, but what is the evolutionary ADVANTAGE to being weaker?

It doesn't have to be an advantage, there are many instances in nature of a species loosing an ability or function which is no longer needed. Examples that come to mind are blind cave fish, eyesight is no longer needed and they have lost the ability to see.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #745919 - 07/14/02 06:29 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I did not say that the weakness of man's strength as compared to chimpanzee's is an advantage. That weakness is a disadvantage that is countered by our strength in mind.

Chimps are weaker in mind than humans, but that weakness is countered by their physical strength, which allows them to survive. This same difference in survival mechanisms is seen throughout the entire animal world.

A cheetah relies on its speed to survive, for example, while slow moving turtles rely mainly on their armored shells to survive. Each species evolves certain skills and characteristics that suit it best for survival.

In the case of man, our mind proved to be our best tool for survival; and so muscles became less important. In the case of chimps, strength and better senses proved to be their best tool for survival.

Does this answer your question??



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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #746579 - 07/14/02 10:12 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I personally beleive that as humans, we have removed ourselves from any evolutionary stresses. There is nothing to select for strength. When a baby is born the doctors do all they can to keep it alive, regardless of health or strengh etc. Hell even people with debilitating diseases are kept alive long enough to breed and spread the crappy genetics.

Our larger brains have removed us from the very cycle that keeps our gene pool strong. Now any freak or mutant can live to atleast 50. Hell look at shroomism, if we were still in the cycle he'd have been eaten by a lion already!


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: jonnyshaggs420]
    #746701 - 07/14/02 10:51 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Just to let y'all know....aside from all the evolutionary answers; one of the reasons that chimps appear to be stronger is just that "appear". They have done studies on the muscle mass and density and found chimps to be only slightly higher than a well fit human. The main differance comes in how our bodies and minds interpret pain signals. When human begin to exert themselves some level of pain or perception is immediate and will increase as the exertion increases. We get to the point where it hurts too much so we "stop tying to lift 500 pounds for example. We feel pain a lot sooner and our minds and bodies interpret that as "time to quit". Pain is an evolutionary developement that tell us when our bodies are in danger of being damaged or hurt in some way. I hope this sheds some light for someone.


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Re: Human vs. Chimpanzee Strength [Re: Swami]
    #746985 - 07/15/02 03:13 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

One word "remote control"


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