Story: Kind of Smart Cave Man

January 22nd, 2007

This is a story about an ancient human ancestor – a book, short story, movie, short film, who cares – some middle of the road homonid – smarter than a chimpanzee, but dumber than a homo sapien. Somewhere right in between – at the cusp of the capacity for abstract and intellectual thought…basically, if this were a modern human he’d be a real dumb ass. Something like 75 IQ or less maybe. But, he’s extra smart for his type.

He’s just smart enough to know that there are things he could understand – he’s so close, but can’t quite make the intellectual leap. He almost discovers/invents written language, but can’t keep track of all the symbols. He has a sense of art and aesthetics, but he has no artistic aptitude. Intuition tells him that these great things, like math, exist, or could exist, but he has no way to create them himself. He’s plagued with a kind of weird intuition.

Basically, he’s very frustrated all of the time.

Ok, that’s not a story, it’s a premise. I know that.