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  •  I wonder (4+ / 0-)

    Is it that there was no capacity for symbolic thinking? Or that there were no occasions calling for its use that had demonstrable and long-lasting consequences? Could it be more a matter that there weren't enough people in the world so that circumstance made symbolic thinking particularly important so that it didn't come into play until we'd reached a certain critical mass? From what we can discern, there are no observable differences between the structure of human systems now and the same structures as they existed 30,000 years ago. The biggest difference is in population numbers.

    •  I don't think there were more people in the world (2+ / 0-)
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      Dragon5616, G2geek

      when symbolic thinking appeared - it seems to have been the precipitating circumstance that drove population levels up.  Of course, it could already have been right on a boundary and a random fluctuation drove it over the line, so that doesn't mean population wasn't the cause - just not clearly so.

      Live by the certainty that nothing can kill you. You'll only be wrong once.

      by Troubadour on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 07:57:02 AM PST

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