Humans have been around for a very short period of time compared to many other species. However, we've made THE biggest and most profound advances in technology and learning how the universe works. When you think about human history and how technology developed, the majority of our history it was very, very, very slow. You'll notice, that the two major things that've slowed advancements have been A) Political Opinion and B) Religious Opinion. Often, new ideas were met with a bloody and violent end, and took hundreds of years before they resurfaced again. Where nether politics nor religion is a bad thing, both are designed to stamp out all ideas that don't fall in to place with their beliefs. Imagine if human culture HADN'T been so violent towards new ideas. Imagine a culture that is very knowledge centric. Seeking to learn, create, and understand. Where politics and religion are still very much a part of daily life, but are accepting and flexible towards knowledge. How different do you think the technology of today would be? Would we be about the same or twice as advance? Ten times? Have you ever thought about humanity's ancient and lost cultures, and their potential to have once been more advanced than ours had they survived?