A very good first step

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Re: A very good first step

Postby shawomet » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:36 am

uniface wrote:
Seems like both situations could occur. One size does not fit all. Then you also have things like the really remarkable similarity in artifacts of slate and bone in the circumpolar region. Slate and bone artifacts from the Maritime Archaic of the far Northeast of North America are very similar to slate and bone artifacts from Scandinavia. Usually attributed to cultural convergence in similar environments. Or, if one prefers, independent invention vs. cultural diffusion.

Because that's what allegiance to the Prophet Boaz's dicta necessitates.

In decades past, the trans-Atlantic similarities were so overwealmingly numerous and consistent that Danish archaeologists treated the whole thing as one culture.

But when there is an overriding belief (with a political agenda driving it) involved (as here), two pints and one quart are two entirely different things.

George Orwell on Doublethink wrote:To know and to not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy is impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy. To forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself.

You cannot go very far into North American prehistory (or politics or culture) without running into this, so you might as well get on top of it once and for all. IMO

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Re: A very good first step

Postby uniface » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:22 am

Good stuff. :D


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