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Race war technologiy

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:49 am
by kbs2244
From the news page ... 03632.html

“Scientists are investigating what may be the oldest identified race war 13,000 years after it raged on the fringes of the Sahara.

a majority of whom appear to have been killed by archers using flint-tipped arrows.”

Bows with stone tips are a pretty sophisticated combination of technologies.
Isn’t 13K YBP a little early for that?

Re: Race war technologiy

Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:33 am
by uniface
On the "pro" side, war has always spurred technological advances. Compare aviation technology before and after WW II. Way ahead of the projected curve.

But the bottom line of that, as I read it, was they started with an idea, found some data, and conflated the two. Two groups, environmental stress/scarcities & dead people. Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

I don't like it when people want to torture promising potential insights by trying to insist on more supporting data than currently exists, and use the lack of it as an excuse to dismiss them. But in this case, I think they could use at least a tad of that approach.