News Briefs 03-03-2009

Better late than never.

Thanks Greg

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Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer

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Nostradamus's picture
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What a load of nonsense!

Was this taken from 'The Onion' by any chance?

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Guiderman's picture
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Quote from the story: "This begs the question, why adopt farming at all?" Isn't it obvious? BEER! How can you NOT have all the greatest hunters gathered in one spot and not serve them the local brew?

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That is a very good observation :)

Still... I'm not convinced that agriculture was such a bad idea. Maybe it was the other way around: climate change brought an abrupt halt to the idillic life of hunting-gathering, and agriculture was the solution to feed several tribes that might have otherwise killed each other for the scarce resources left. Maybe this temple was meant for rituals intended to bring back the animals, just as the cave paintings at Lascaux were probably used to propiciate a good hunting.

I wouldn't be surprised if they found out the use of mushrooms or other entheogenic plants in this new site. After all, the stone steles do have kind of the shape of a mushroom—either that or they are giant stone phalluses ;-)

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The author's take on the hunter-gatherer lifestyle is rather optimistic. In the real world, food can run out or become scarce. Animal populations often boom and then bust when conditions grow harsher or they simply overrun the food supply. Agriculture and a settled lifestyle allow food to be grown in larger quantity and stored for hardship. Beer is merely a bonus!

You know it is often forgotten that in the garden of Eden Adam's job was gardener.

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Of course agriculture will support a greater population for a given area. Probably the child mortality goes down too. Objectively it has many positive effects.

But people have to work hard regularly. At critical times there is no rest, and the critical times are lengthy. More people live, but the average life is not very fun.

Hence the nostalgia for the old hunting days.

We have seen the same thing for the old agricultural days. People eat better in the industrial age, after a few decades. But our grandparents still tell us how nice it was to live on the farm, with no electricity, no running water, no sewage system, but with bears and wolves eating your chickens and sheep. Yes Sir, those days were wonderful. :-)

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