Re: Red, tooth and claw (was media and violence)

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Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 17:35:44 BST

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    > > By the by, there was a piece I haven't read yet, that Robin F (where
    > >he gone?) should read, about a theory that the universe is nothing but
    > >information, and "reality" is some kind of holographic illusion. My
    > >was tired on Friday when I bought the magazine (and I was a bit miffed
    > >hadn't published my letter), so if that sounds weird, I can't explain it
    > >further at the moment.

    > I think it would be fair to say our ancestors were both predator and prey
    > rather than just one or the other.

    Regarding the predator role. We have the digestive tract to both digest
    and meat. This suggests that we at least have some inherent hunting
    (I don't think we literally had the stomach to scavenge). I can imagine that
    in a local environment where there is little vegetable food available, for
    instance during
    the ice ages, good old Fred & Barney Flintstone put together meat-hunting
    prawls in order
    to survive. In regions or periods where fruits and seeds abound why putting
    your frail body
    on the line by trying set out and try to kill dangerous animals? Of course,
    predating on
    non-predatory prey like rodents was probably an often sought after ideal.

    Regarding the prey role. Given our petty physiques we individually don't
    really stand
    much stance against a hungry bear or lion etc.. So indeed it seems
    reasonable that
    we also served as prey ourselves.

    But `together we stand...' and we make/made a formidable social predator
    (as perhaps is reflected in our `passion' for warfare). I think the
    collective brain quickly made up
    for lack or loss of physical power and made us predators rather than prey.
    Indeed I think that
    the inescapable increase of the metabolically greedy brain, due to the birth
    of human culture,
    had to be accompanied by a decrease in physical strength to suppress energy


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