From: Danny Iny (email@example.com)
Date: Thu 12 Feb 2004 - 18:29:31 GMT
Keith, I'd appreciate some references to look further into these issues
(it's probably just my own lack of exposure to evidence, but realization of a sharp stone's usefulness catalyzing the evolution of memetics sounds too much like a Just So Story).
> Throwing stones, "manuports" are found in places where hominid transport
> from distant rock outcrops is the most likely reason they are found (Mary
> Leakey). As to why the hominids ventured out from the trees, it was
> probably for meat. (Chimps *really* crave meat (Jane Goodall) and there
> no reason our remote ancestors didn't also.) They were probably killing
> and eating young antelopes, same as baboons do today.
> Given a million years, one of those thrown rocks would have hit something
> hard and broken. Chimps can figure out the use of shape edges to cut down
> a reward. The can learn to smash rocks on hard surfaces to make the sharp
> edges. Some researchers found this out when they tried to teach a chimp
> chip rocks and the chimp persisted in making sharp fragments by smashing
> his stones on the concrete floor (rather than on another rock).
> Some chance observation by a bright hominid that her recovered but now
> broken in half "lion stone" was useful in hacking off a chunk of a large
> carcass the group chanced upon during the walk back to the trees where
> were sleeping seems to have been enough to start the evolution of our
> entire meme based material culture. (This is a petrocentric view of
> course. The bag might have been an important meme too but the supporting
> evidence didn't survive.)
> >Memetics is supposedly derived from an evolutionary outlook, yet one of
> >the most fundamental evolutionary issues, the evolution of memes, has not
> >been attended to.
> That's a good point. If the above isn't enough evidence for the start of
> meme evolution and you want me to fill in web sites and book sources
> supporting this view, let me know.
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