BBC – BBC Two Programmes – The Incredible Human Journey, Asia http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00klf6j
There are seven billion humans on earth, spread across the whole planet. Scientific evidence suggests that most of us can trace our origins to one tiny group of people (200) who left Africa around 70,000 years ago. In this five-part series, Dr Alice Roberts follows the archaeological and genetic footprints of our ancient ancestors to find out how their journeys transformed our species into the humans we are today, and how Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet. In this programme, the journey continues into Asia, the world’s greatest land mass, in a quest to discover how early hunter-gatherers managed to survive in one of the most inhospitable places on earth – the Arctic region of Northern Siberia. Alice meets the nomadic Evenki people, whose lives are dictated by reindeer, both wild and domesticated, and discovers that the survival techniques of this very ancient people have been passed down through generations. Alice also explores what may have occurred during human migration to produce Chinese physical characteristics, and considers a controversial claim about Chinese evolution: that the Chinese do not share the same African ancestry as other peoples.
(DNA evidence suggests it was sexual attraction, over a very long period of time – people mate with those who have more distinctive physical characteristics i.e., those with slightly flatter faces and narrower eyes, which they find much more attractive than those of their ancestors who had previously come from Africa or of the narrower West European type).
Alice looks at our ancestors’ seemingly impossible journey to Australia. Miraculously preserved footprints and very old human fossils buried in the outback suggest a mystery: that humans reached Australia almost before anywhere else. How could they have travelled so far from Africa, crossing the open sea on the way, and do it thousands of years before they made it to Europe? (In search or want, maybe, of a ‘Holy Sun Grail’; the quest for ‘sun’ knowledge; like moths to a candle and so go east and find the rising sun – lush hunting grasslands – away from the dark forests, dank waters and salty seas, and the relatively barren beaches of Indonesia? ‘The Secrets of Stonehenge’ revealed – rising Sun Soltices http://www.channel4.com/programmes/time-team-specials/episode-guide/series-1/episode-2 The results surpass their wildest dreams and this pivotal excavation finally enables the team to reveal not only when Stonehenge was built and how it was built but, perhaps most importantly, why it was built. Fun in the ‘Theories of Archaeology’)
The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind – http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry
Evolution, Fish to Man. Man’s Debt to the Past. http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!960.entry ‘The vast majority (>99%) of all species that have ever lived on the Earth have become extinct, with only a privileged minority leaving fossils to attest to their former existence.’ ‘The Tree of Life’ OU. Ref, ‘our or Man’s debt to the past’ and ‘attesting too’: consciousness and the reflection of/in a past history; only man happens, by pure chance, and capable of this extraordinary ability with the human brain having it’s quite amazing quantity of reflective – ‘Mirror Neurons’: from – ‘The Emerging Mind’ Vilayanur Ramachandran. (Neuron = Nerve cell. It is specialised for the transmission of information and characterised by long fibrous projections called axons, and shorter, branch-like projections called dendrites. Synesthesia = A condition in which a person quite literally tastes a shape or sees a colour in a sound or number. This is not just a way of describing experiences as a poet might use metaphors. Synesthetes actually experience the sensations. Ref, empathy, religiosity, tribal instinct, shamanism: the domination of Homo sapien over Neanderthal (isolated in pockets and numbers fall leading to extinction) so on… "We are all synesthetes – to some degree" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8070210.stm A binding to the ‘group mind’, or ‘sowing the seeds of our own extinction’, by conforming to the group mind, and "a lack of reason – brings forth monsters"?
("It is generally sound at least as a guiding principle in empirical research – to view prehistoric man as essentially human, to understand him in terms of human nature, and to proceed from the assumption of the psychic unity of mankind, without thereby excluding further evolution and development." Above, ‘scholar note’.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ks641 Alice Roberts reconstructs the head of the ‘first European’ to come face to face with one of our ancestors; she discovers how art became crucial for survival in the face of Neanderthal competition; and what happened to change the skin colour of these European pioneers. (Was it our: Homo sapien empathy – communication – gullibility, sacred rites – religions – Homo sapien’s group mind that spelt the extinction, by isolation, of the groups/tribes of Neanderthals? It, now, looks like it!) Ref, life beyond ‘The Long Childhood’ Bronowski – "new ideas" we were capable of it then on a small scale, and we are capable of it now on a small scale – this gave us the edge. In the programme – Dr Alice Roberts feels that, "She would not of liked to of mated with a Neanderthal" – they are now proved to be a totally separate species, DNA Testing (they must of been seriously unattractive or if some mating did happen: no pregnancies resulted) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/revealed-the-face–of-the-first-european-1678537.html
It is a parents duty to know or we are at the mercy of every crackpot idea and political nonsense: duty is a very dirty word today! If we don’t want to live by isolationist-sectarianising, comforting, expensive – on our time and our money and with infantile fairy tales (‘The Infantile Situation’ GB). We must teach this ethos to our older children, so that they will not make the same crass, inherent and stupid, repetitive mistakes. ‘As soon as man reaches the highest degree of development (in Tolstoy’s case it was just 32 years of age), he sees that all is bunkum and deceit; and that the truth, which he values above all, is terrible, that when you look at it well and clearly you awake with horror!’ No solid base (for children) and therefore no freedom, producing no ideas, but duty is a dirty word today. Ref, ‘Power of the Guardians’ Prof Amartya Sen ‘Never has so much power been in the hands of so few in the UK’; BBC Today Programme. (Quangoes of Religiosity UK) And, ‘Identity and Violence: The Violence of Illusion’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym12o1i2Mak ‘The Proper (as in scientific) Structuralis(z)ed View of The World’ E.Fromm or ‘The Structural World-view’ R.Dawkins. DVD ‘The Long Childhood’ J.Bronowski. ‘Clever Imbeciles of The Closed System’ A.Koestler. BBC Today Programme. (Quangoes of Religiosity UK) ‘The Proper (as in scientific) Structuralis(z)ed View of The World’ E.Fromm or ‘The Structural World-view’ R.Dawkins. ‘Clever Imbeciles of The Closed System’ A.Koestler. Also, http://www.aqr.org.uk/inbrief/document.shtml?doc=simon.roberts.01-03-2005.anthropology And, ‘What Shall We Tell The Children’ http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 Social science – Matrix: mind map. Simple proper (scientific – without superstition) matrices for parents and parenting. And, http://www.actionbioscience.org/education/lerner.html
And, an – appalling, clever, imbecilic, and well within the (unavoidable) ‘infantile situation GB’. Example: duty, as the: ‘very dirty word today’. ‘I don’t regard this as an insult, as I was one; a clever imbecile, in a Talmudic brand of hair-splitting cleverness within the closed system of thought’ A.Koestler ‘Bricks To Babel’. http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=7811&CFID=6536448&CFTOKEN=69760764 And – Infantilism of the Labour Government, and the House Of Lords, without the reforms as promised. Labour has for the British people that it could have acted in this
infantile fashion, … GB, we have MEPS of little distinction promoted to
"The fossil, nicknamed Ida, is claimed to be a "missing link" between today’s higher primates – monkeys, apes and humans – and more distant relatives." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8057465.stm?lsm And, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ksh5y
Human survival is in ‘default mode’!
>99% of all species have become extinct.
Recognizing this and doing so in time!
Prehistoric teenage female and male. Immaturity of youth: see, Farb p30-31. Prehistoric man ‘was never a teenager’. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1694591.stm
Today’s high school and college students are sexually and socially mature, while technologically still juveniles. If denied the economic and social benefits to which maturity entitles them, simply because they have not yet acquired all of the technological skills needed in the modern world: young people may become restless and very antisocial in their behaviour (menstruation females 1900-14 – 14-15 years – Now, 198O’s 12.6 years – what next! An evolutionary trend?)
Also: children, prehistoric boy or girl, were totally absorbed in the activities of their parents (hypnotically so? Ref, ease of human indoctrination and wishing to believe – almost anything, esp – when young) Therefore society could not advance – parent to child, child becomes parent, and in exactly the same exacting mould: seen in some tribal cultures today – the ‘closed system’ of no cultural, and no social advance or of little or any scientific advances! Dr J.Bronowski. ‘A broad menu’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7630042.stm Jacob Bronowski ‘The Ascent Of Man’ ‘The Long Childhood’ http://www.bbcshop.com/History/Ascent-Of-Man-DVD/invt/bbcdvd1608 Sexual segregation in some tribes (natural state with an experimental homosexuality in puberty that is recognised as normal, even encouraged – a ‘practise mode’ for a full adult role, obviously ‘perverted’ by adult involvement, but required by some tribes) Re-segregation, after the ‘myriad of types of initiation rites’ – homosexuality after an initiation rite is given up for the young male or female to play the full part, in the adults or tribal forms of the tribal societies, accepted forms and social structures in heterosexuality. Some of the (sponsored) perverted, or the horrendous, inherent and ongoing – in our societies, massively large educational perversions. Ref, the Judeo-Christian present dispensation and its twisted -misinterpreted, tribal; authoritarianism in our schools http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!3109.entry "Even if homosexuality were, as a matter of fact, ‘unnatural’ (which it probably isn’t), that would not, by itself, justify us in morally condemning it." ‘The War For Children’s Mind’s’ Stephen Law.