Legless Ladies of Creswell Crags

Happy Birthday Google!

The Drawings On The Wall

A series looking at the meaning of rock art, both ancient and modern, with archaeologist Dr George Nash of Bristol University.
And, "putting a face to the past". http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7591945.stm Dr Caroline Wilkinson is a forensic anthropologist, recreating faces from human remains for archaeological and police investigations – bringing the past to life.
And, trying to: "putting a mind to the past"… Mother’s question, "How did primitive man think?". ‘The Primitive Mind’. ‘Prehistory’. ‘The Domestication Of The Human Species’. "Where are we now?" And, "Who are we"? And, "Where did we come from?" And, "The other big questions…. Such as, "Why is it, that so few people ever bother to explore, or even, ask anything about the ‘big questions (frightened that the answers may make us feel ‘small’, or is it: something wrong with education, or is it – that observational thought, and not analytical thought, is so very much easier {esp, in conversation, and it is so annoying} – most people can’t all be lazy, or, is it: their governments/religions – ‘believing’, rather than ‘knowing’, is so ‘much easier for all – people and governments; making sure that we have little, or no, time to explore!)?" Surely, these questions, and only these questions – in our ability to frame some sensible answers to these questions – "Are really the only ones that will lift life (personally) a ‘little above the level of a farce’. Ref, John Stuart Mill, ‘the only true form of liberty, is liberty from the interference of others’ (to explore – like, the Hunter-gatherers). And, Isaiah Berlin; this type of freedom – "freedom only obtained by a small and highly civilized and self-conscious human beings" – what a shame! And, Bertrand Russell. 
My note…Or, in: the (advanced thinking, and not so stupid hunter-gatherers: stupid, as we like to think – kept to much warmer climates? – 120,000 to 10,000 years ago approx) hunter-gatherers and fluid ‘hearth’-nomadic humans (before, the stifling and dangerous participation in ‘sedentism’ 10,000 years ago max) not complete today and a rarity then; an unsatisfactory ‘odd ball’ way of living {ghastly and awful – look at some of our towns; horrendous ‘imaginary’ places of worship vs the natural gentle great ‘spiritual’ places of wonder, in the world of the hunter-gatherers. Sedentists – monuments of worship, and in the very dangerous, unnatural behaviour, of some of our countries, governments, and religions, as, "If an individual behaved like that you would be locked up"} with the first settlements and the development of hierarchical social structures, such as in the non-human primates (monkeys, for we are primates) hierarchical structures, which they are so good at achieving. Living with or before or alongside the Sedentists (humans in towns and villages) giving them (some – may of been fully aware of what was going on ‘behind the closed gates’) a (justified) great fear of a ‘stiflingly and cruel’ (esp., in those days, as in, today’s) modern (to them) social (socio/religious/border) structures.
Ref, egalitarian and egalitarianism. Also, Education http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_gardner%27s_multiple_intelligences_theoriy 
‘The Domestication Of The Human Species’. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7593301.stm A man’s reluctance to marry (commit) may be down to a genetic ‘flaw’, say researchers. (soon to be – 16 million people living on their own in the UK. ‘Living and Dying Alone in Britain’ Channel4 Documentary – ‘The primitive and modern human "great exit (from social society) strategy"’. Ref, anthropology – to ‘exit’ to garden sheds (many writers, artists, gardeners, and inventors), and with one’s mate, and so on…, camping and hunting, and so on…The ‘oldest profession’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7597232.stm Ref, a real tradition – Church of England as a ‘social service’ (where are they now, and it was such a good business?) Church Schools and Faith Schools, 26% of
the UK’s Schools. "Hollywood knows more about the inner nature of Homo sapiens, viewed as a species, than any political, philosophical or scientific school on earth. Man takes deeper delight in his weapons than his woman. He will pledge a treasury to the one – a pittance to the other. From hand axe to hydrogen bomb his best efforts have been spent on the weapon’s perfection. Nor have the failures of nations or the descents of civilizations ever slowed the weapon in its even advance. It is the hallmark of human culture". Violence, not sex, is the essence of the box office. ‘African Genesis’ by Robert Ardrey. ‘Prehistoric man had sex for fun’ http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/002367.html and, as a hunter-gatherers were most wary (appalled) of, a – or the: mass group violence of the Sedentists (those who were attempting to live in early villages or towns). NB – Most of the productions and the films produced by Hollywood, and others, were a putrification of what may of been ‘real’ in the ‘life situation’ of prehistoric humans and considering the great amount of time spent as humans in prehistory, but I think there are some good documentaries – I will have to look those up. ‘Walking With Cavemen’
In summary though, this series is too short, too light weight and falls a long way short of what it could have been. The series only captures a small fraction of the grandeur that is human history, and I don’t believe gives it due weight. I can’t really recommend that you buy this title unless, like me, you have a deep fascination with human prehistory, but even then, I suspect you’re likely to be disappointed. The BBC has allowed too much of the content potential of this series to be unrealised, and I never once during this series thought “wow, that was well done”. Amazon review by B.M.Still. I think that I got the same feeling – "we all await for a real stunner".
Bruce Parry http://www.bbc.co.uk/tribe/ "Fantastic Series"!
The Royal Anthropological Institute http://www.therai.org.uk/
The Natural History Museum  http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
"Why is thought, being a secretion in the brain, more wonderful than gravity and the property of matter? It is our arrogance…our admiration of ourselves".
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) See, ‘Admiration’ in photo albums!

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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