We can declare ourselves an intelligent species only because there is no other species to dispute us.
Exceptional savants produce art and music and architecture that we consider evidence of higher-level thinking skills. Our scientists have taken us into new frontiers, and we are living in a world of advanced technology, as compared to only fifty tears ago.
But then we can tune into a Trump rally, or see white supremacist marching with tiki-torches, or the glazed look of people attending televangelist mega-churches and we must conclude that, on the whole, we are a pretty mediocre species and prone to the highest level of gullibility.
Without any proof or logical analyses, people choose to believe in gods and angles and devils and heaven and hell and ghost and vampires and werewolves and fairies and sprites and witches and shapeshifters and alien abductions ….
There are those who have historically taken advantage of our gullibility. P.T. Barnum said ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’ He also said, you can never make a mistake by underestimating the intelligence of the human race.
The human race is not special. We are here only by the dice-roll of evolution. What we believe doesn’t matter, because we don’t matter. Had our mother gotten up to pee and delayed our father’s ejaculation by a few minutes, a different sperm would have fertilized her egg and someone else would be here – or if she had finished with a blow job…
So, enjoy yourself. Believe what you want to believe. But the intelligence of the human race can be summed up in one simple statement:
Here - Hold my beer.