Could cognitive revolution happen in non-sapiens humans?

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Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
4,418
Florania
#1
A few different species of humans might have coexisted:
Homo erectus
Homo neanderthals
Homo florensis
Denisovans
Red deer cave people

Yuval Noah Harari is known for proposing the idea of cognitive revolution
and the inventions of shared myths and fictions in Homo sapiens.
Could this happen to non-sapiens humans?
How might the resulting civilizations be different?
 
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Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,742
SoCal
#4
If Yuval Noah Harari is correct, cognitive revolution means the ability to organize by collective fictions and myths, such as states, companies, religions, and more.
In that case, Yes, just as long as their cognitive abilities would have evolved enough.
 
Jun 2015
5,716
UK
#5
We don't fully know how we became sapient, or what sapience really is.

We know, as far as we can see, that only humans are able to be self-aware to the degree that we can ponder our existence, other realities, and conceive and develop technology. But then for all we know, maybe cats and dogs believe in a god and an afterlife, or lions and tigers think that if they hunt to the best of their abilities, Panthera-Ra would meet them in the afterlife and bless them well. the issue here is that humans can speak and have language, and we know cats and dogs have basic emotions and feelings. I'm not saying they are sapient, but consciousness or sapience is hard to define.

The common view is that we became behaviourally modern around 50,000 years ago, since this is the point where we see art, advanced culture, and traits that we consider human beyond anatomical. We can see modern human skeletal features in bones going back to 200,000 years ago. But up until then, there is little evidence of advanced tool-making or art.

But this begs the question as to how or why we became "behaviourally modern" 50,000 years ago. And why then and not before, or later? Was it a genetic mutation at random? Or an adaptation? But if it was an adaptation, to what exactly?

Neanderthals could have been at our cognitive level, but there isn't much evidence that they progressed in their lifespan.
 
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