Back in the 1990’s Ellen DeGeneres released a comedy CD called, “Taste This.” In one bit called, Licking a Frog, she describes the bizarre human discovery that licking (certain) frogs can actually give humans a bit of a high. In it she asks: “How desperate are we to get high that that was a fad going around, that if you licked a frog, you could get high? And how many animals did we go through to find that out: ‘Here! Lick the anus of a mongoose, see what happens! Yes, I was wrong about the raccoon but this…’” Classic comedy.
There are countless human discoveries and inventions that are worthy of admiration, from the discovery of penicillin to the invention of electricity. Just being able to sit here and type on a computer that has a better brain than me is the result of someone’s remarkable achievement. It is a testament to both humanity’s strength and weakness that we are always looking for ways to move forward, even though advancement isn’t always the same as improvement. Continue reading