From: Grant Callaghan (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 02 Nov 2002 - 21:53:19 GMT
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>From: "Scott Chase" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Yet bacteria rule the planet.
> > If you draw an imaginary line from monad to man and generalize from this
> > unidimensional and linearized view of evolution up a ladder across the
> > whole, you might tend to (mis)perceive a progressive tendency toward
> > complexity in evolution, especially if you fail to define "complex" and
> > "elaborate".
>Not that I am willing to redraw my comment to Joe earlier on, but the
>line you draw from nomads to modern man is such an one I got in mind.
>Goulds proposal of the Full House implies IMO such possibility, that
>the only way up for nomads was to settle down, became farmers and
>went on to become modern people.
>For Joe this is the tendency towards complexity, for me it is the view
>that all started as a " singularity " or less complex or " nomadic " and
>than evolved into multiplicity, more complex, man....
>Same result, other bias....
Hunting and gathering necessarily implies a nomadic existence because people who do not sow and reap quickly use up the resources in an area and must move on. If they live in the north, they must move south in the winter and usually return north in the summer. Others follow the herds of herbivors who do this. The plains Indians in America followed the buffalo. Many tribes just went in and took what other tribes had stored away. But until farming was invented, settling down anywhere but the tropics where a tropical forest produced abundant food the year around was not an option. Drought was another force that pushed people from place to place, even in forested areas.
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