How Research Saved The Lives Of Our Ancestors?

To successfully co-exist with other life forms in the wild life, our ancestors or forefathers took the opportunity to live in caves and create fire, weapons and tools to defend themselves and survive.
Our ancestors attempted trial and error formula to discover things and survive

From the beginning, an informal research placed us a cut above the other life forms on this blue planet.


1. Observation

As they observed, on a number of ways, our ancient relatives managed to figure out that their size, strength and speed were substantially no match to that of the gigantic beasts. To successfully co-exist with other life forms in the wild life, our forefathers took the opportunity to live in caves and create fire, weapons, and tools to defend themselves and survive. Many issues in social science attribute this to intelligence. Furthermore, natural science owes this to natural selection and evolution. I find myself not in a position to contest that. But I want to expound further.


2. Trial and error

If you could just find yourself back in the beginning of time, you would notice how the ability of our ancestors to observe and inquire things had saved them.

I am sure you would see how a toxic plant poisoned some of them. Nobody dared eat that plant again from that time on. Domestication of that flora would be unlikely to take place. Trial and error thing, huh? It was an actual experiment, a real-life drama that put their lives into a higher level of risk. Imagine how stressful and risky it is to live then.


3. Experience 

You would also notice how a certain human managed to run fast as he could for his life while a hungry giant cat tailed and pursued him relentlessly. From that observed danger came the realization and the need to defend life.

With observation comes the realization of experience which may lead to a certain action. It is attributed to intelligence. This intellect even in the ancient times can be figured out from how humans employed informal inquiry to primarily save their lives. Down to the abundant flow of intelligence from our innermost being, we are capable of investigating the things around us. It is truly designed for our survival.    

But our ancestors never had a chance to write a research paper just like our own version of academic research paper today. No book. No research expert told the first humans to execute a scientific process of inquiry. None of them came to imagine doing a scientific experiment or writing a research paper for publication in a reputable research journal. One thing is sure though. They, nonetheless, implemented the process of informal research.


4. Informal research

Predominantly employed today, informal research continues to be part of life that bears modern challenges associated with survival.   

Today, informal research may take place when you compare the prices of goods. You do research when you are on the go prowling someone’s social media account. You might be doing many things like these in a less scientific manner. Nonetheless, the intention is clear. You want to establish an information. You might be tempted to go further. This time it is your chance to do an informal interview and search for more relevant files and so on. That does not defeat your purpose. You want to uncover meaningful information. Oblivious about it, you do this most often through an informal inquiry.     



I want to talk you into this. It is not the technology in the first place. There are simple components of research that took place beforehand. Our innate potential (intelligence) to find for any remarkable tool for change is clearly staged into how we probed and connected our discoveries and experiences from the past to the present. This equips us in making decisions and designs, ones that may have strongly given us the protection we need for survival. The moment we found ways to protect our lives, we managed to dominate and conquer the world.


About the Author
ARTHELO P. PALMA is a PhD in Development Research and Administration.

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