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  •  Great Diary. Just Remember what Mike Myers says: (11+ / 0-)

    If it's not Scottish it's CRAP!

    •  Have you read "The Golden Spruce" by Vaillant? (8+ / 0-)

      I am in the middle of writing a post reviewing this book and THE FIRST NORTH AMERICANS by Brian Fagan.  Very interesting.  

      Fagan records evidence of at least 15,000 years of Homo Sapien occupation down the coast to Chile.  DNA now provides much more evidence.   Haida gwaii is the only area left on the B.C coast that has actual archaeologoical evidence of these early time periods as the coast has shifted inland destroying any site remains until about 4,000 years ago.

      The thing that strikes me as I read these books (and the thrust of my post) is that Homo Sapiens behavior in terms of environmental respect and conservation has not changed in 60,000 or so years.  

      The meme of the "noble savage" popularized by Muir last century seems patently false as we have decimated our environment wherever we settled in large numbers, Indians, Polynesians, whites, purples, etc it doesn't matter.  We are a greedy race and seek to dominate nature.  Seems to be our nature.

      I hope 2012 is the turning point and Homo Sapiens can evolve to live in Harmony and peace on the planet.

      I tremendously enjoy your diaries.  Mahalo.

      •  Yes but, Keone (1+ / 0-)
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        If man has been this distructive creature already for 60K years, what in the world would make you think he'd do better today? Because he thinks about it? I'm sure plenty of the hand-ful of people back then thought about it, too, but for ever Neolith who kept a neat plot and recycled whatever he could, there was another Neolith with old stone and/or wooden wheels laying around his weed-choked plot. (Altho both probably let the sheep eat from their thatched roof.)

        •  Yeah, the Occam's Razor of it is as your say. Sad. (1+ / 0-)
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          Perhaps it will happen the same way other evolutionary changes (mutation) such as the ability to drink milk mentioned in the diary?  I agree it won't happen as we are.  We must change before the cycle starts all over again or it will just be the same outcome.

        •  Old Stone or Wooden Wheels Then... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...were no doubt the poor person's investment plan of the times. Much like the old cars in your poor neighbors' yards may represent their only hope of a little extra money these days.



          Strange that a harp of (a) thousand strings should keep in tune so long

          by jabney on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 02:19:53 PM PDT

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