Skip to comments.Noble or savage?
Posted on 12/31/2007 8:30:01 PM PST by dirtboy
The era of the hunter-gatherer was not the social and environmental Eden that some suggest
HUMAN beings have spent most of their time on the planet as hunter-gatherers. From at least 85,000 years ago to the birth of agriculture around 73,000 years later, they combined hunted meat with gathered veg. Some people, such as those on North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Sea, still do. The Sentinelese are the only hunter-gatherers who still resist contact with the outside world. Fine-looking specimensstrong, slim, fit, black and stark naked except for a small plant-fibre belt round the waistthey are the very model of the noble savage. Genetics suggests that indigenous Andaman islanders have been isolated since the very first expansion out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago.
About 12,000 years ago people embarked on an experiment called agriculture and some say that they, and their planet, have never recovered. Farming brought a population explosion, protein and vitamin deficiency, new diseases and deforestation. Human height actually shrank by nearly six inches after the first adoption of crops in the Near East. So was agriculture the worst mistake in the history of the human race, as Jared Diamond, evolutionary biologist and professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, once called it?
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Gee. Should I farm or should I flip burgers? Decisions, decisions!
Actually, I’m looking for the article, but today I heard that the number of Wisconsin farms owned and run by WOMEN is totally spiking. Wa-Hoo!
Hunt and gather? How cave-man like, LOL! Girls just wanna sew and reap and make a buck, Baby! :)
Wasn’t pomoism one of the favored philosophies of the German national socialists?
She’s prettier than Michael “Savage”!
What scale of pretty are you looking at?
Jared Diamond is obviously an idiot.
I refuse to end the old year reading such a low note from the intellectual, philosophical and moral basement of humanity.
Maybe next year...
Interesting. Though should have noted enclosure movement as part of reason for rural residents moving to cities to work in factories.
Your picture only passes on 3 of 5 criteria.
Keep posting until you get it right.
No, obviously Liberalism was the worst mistake of the human race, and we're still paying dearly for it.
Hey, I am sowing (sewing) and reaping.
Many moons ago I learned how to sew (from my dear departed MIL, God Bless Her), she taught me the old ways. She LIVED the ways of the Foxfire Series, as did many others that influenced my life in those long ago days.
I can make a handmade quilt from rags, and raise a vegetable or two to tide us over till hog killin’ time. Don’t have enough land to raise sweet potatos, but I could (if I needed to) go out and shoot enough protein to tide us over.
Does vegetarisim (sp) make men wimps?
In my heathen days I went to college, and dated a few of these. I had one guy who actually wore hairspray. He turned me off.
Must of been something in my genes that made me turn off.
I will, and can, kill my own meat,if need be, will grow my own veggies. But I refuse to protect a pansy ass man when it comes down to this.
He can split the wood. If he can’t, he ain’t my man (grin).
All five guarantees the mods will yank it.
What a surprise. Hunters don't just hunt animals - they hunt each other too.
Myth of the Hunter-Gatherer
Archaeology | September/October 1999 Volume 52 Number 5 | Kenneth M. Ames
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