What is the future of the human race?
As the decades pass, humans are becoming ever more connected and interdependent. According to the Pew Research Center, we are all soon to become part of one multi-race.1,2 Studies suggest this trend will make the human race smarter, maybe as it has happened once before, even tripling the size of the average human brain. But first, let’s look at some of the population statistics.
The white share of the US population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It is projected to drop below 50% in another 25 years, making minorities our majority.3 Today, less than half of children in America are white, making children of color the new and permanent majority.5
The Pew Research Center reports that Black and Brown people make up 40% of the US population, and that percentage is rapidly growing. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of racial and ethnic minorities increased by about 1,271,000 people, while the white population declined by 257,000.1
In 2018, the average age of all racial and ethnic minorities in the US was 27, and the average age for whites was 58.1 Multiracial marriages quadrupled from 1980 to 2013, and multiracial birth rates have risen tenfold since 1970.2 Minorities accounted for 92% of US population growth between 2010 and 2018, with Latinos comprising just under half of the nation’s overall growth.
The problem of race has plagued humans for thousands of years. As the US becomes less and less white, being of multiple races has become the norm. Today, most Americans get it, with 77% believing this trend is a very good or good thing for the country.4
The Social Intelligence Theory
In 1976, Nicholas Humphrey proposed that social dynamics were the main driver of intelligence. Instead of climate change, physical environment, or cooking, it was theorized that group living and social structures drove intelligence and larger brains.6 Small clans becoming tribes and eventually small communities caused brain size to triple.
More recently, a study on bird intelligence was performed. They studied 56 magpies in groups of three to twelve. They designed wooden and plastic boxes that required varying degrees of intelligence to open. Researchers found that the larger the size of the group, the more intelligent they were. This suggests that intelligence is linked to living in larger groups.6
Humans have evolved from small family groups into larger clans, and then tribes.7 This suggests that the discovery of fire, hunting skills, meat consumption, fishing, and cooking may not have been the driver of our growing intelligence. Rather, the slow and steady growth of clan size and complicated social structure resulted in our remarkable intelligence and larger brains.
So, Why Can’t We Get Along?
Living communally depends on the members of the tribe living for and depending on one another.
Today, our tribes take the form of races, ethnicities, clubs, religions, and political affiliations. Within the tribe, everyone is safe. Tribes work because every member—from the children to the elders—has an important role to play. These roles weave a social web that provokes creativity, intelligence, and, as we now know, larger brains.
Within the walls of your tribe, you are safe and accepted. When we venture out of our tribe, we find ourselves judging the others or trying to convert folks from one club or religion to another.
It is time to realize that, on this relatively small planet flying through the universe, we are all one tribe. We have the right to feel safe as a member of this human tribe. Each of us live for and depend on one another, and every one of us has an important role to play for the good of the tribe as a whole.
Instead of looking for reasons to convert, judge, or attack the beliefs of one clan, race, political party, or religion, it’s time to accept each clan as a part of a much greater tribe—planet Earth’s human multi-race.
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