Dear Mr. B.,
I understand that you enjoy around-the-dinner-table style questions, so maybe you'd like to try this one on for size.
I'd like to ask you about Neanderthals. (Prehistoric ones, I mean. Not the ones you occasionally see driving in rush hour traffic.) Now, I imagine that the predominating daily thoughts of your average Neanderthal were taken up with such matters as, "get food, make fire, find cave," and so on. However I've wondered if, sitting around the evening campfire, digesting a particularly yummy woolly mammoth steak, they ever contemplated the meaning of life. Or, more to the point, whether they were able to GRASP the meaning of life... something that our supposedly advanced brains are unable to fathom. I guess what I'm asking is, do you suppose that humans have evolved away from the ability to understand concepts that Captain Caveman had already mastered? I'd love to hear some new thoughts on the subject, if you're willing to give this one a go.
P.S. I think you'd make a crackerjack Matthew Harrison Brady.