IS HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY EXCEPTIONALISM TRUE?


For years and years, I’ve wondered at the gall of anthropologists and arkies who claimed that Homo became h.sapiens sapiens a mere 40,000 years ago.

Evolution for all the other animals took many hundreds of thousands of years, even millions of years, and they would tell us that with a straight face.  Even within the mechanics of evolution itself, animals are basically retarded, while wonderful humans got on the fast track, because – well, because we are US.  Do we need another reason?

Then they would also tell us that only 35,000 years ago the Neandertals faded, stomped into the ground by the flat-foreheaded Cro-Mags.  And instantly we were no long even Cro-magnons, but fully developed modern man.  Oh, excuse me, I forgot to capitalize that: Modern Man. In spite of our having left the Man-in-the-image-of-God crap behind when the Royal Society gave the Church the final finger (or at least when Lyell and Darwin did), science still thought of us humans as that miracle birth, right out of the virginal womb of the Patriarchal God.  Still does, it seems.

Even the 200,000 years ago Mother of us all, “African Eve”, was told to us with a straight face.

(There is clear clear evidence that Ötzi, the Alpine ‘Ice Man,’ had a mitochondrial DNA type that is no longer with us.  Now, what is the bigger picture that this tells us?  That genetic types go extinct, get cut off, get lost, and are never seen again.  But what is the next thing that this tells us?  That if one type went extinct only 5,000 years ago, others also are likely to have gone extinct, and at varying times in the past.  And then what is the next next thing that this suggests?  That at the 200,000 year point when African Eve “birthed us all,” that is only one take on it.

It was ALSO very possibly a bottleneck, a time when other genetic types died out and only one survived.  It may have all been a long process or a short one; we cannot know yet.

African Eve may merely be the end of a long bottleneck, a woman who had enough fecund children to begin the proliferation of humans. It, in fact, might have been a case similar to the biblical Noah and his story (one which is repeated in scores of ancient accounts).  Noah’s wife – or her equivalent in Babylonian or New World accounts/histories/tales – would then be an Eve.  But the scientists don’t dare refer to African Eve as Noah’s wife Set.  That is WAY too close to religion and – heaven forbid – The Flood of Noah.  I am not saying she specifically was or wasn’t.  After all, the story of Noah doesn’t enter the Biblical account until after the Jewish people were held in captivity in Babylon, whose tale of The Flood preceded the tale of Noah.  So it is very possible that Noah’s tale was a retelling of the Babylonian tale.  This thinking is nothing new, but it is well to mention it.

Could this have happened 200,000 years ago, instead of 4,000 years ago?  At least some evidence is moving in that direction, so, yes, maybe it does, though to make an assertion to that effect would be un-scientific – as in not conservative enough for peer-review.

All these changes, in the blink of a geological eye or even an evolutionary eye.

Poppycock!

None of the arkies or anthropologists could see the double-think involved.

“Oh, but,” they would say, “Humans are the exception to the rule, because he is us.”  (Can’t you smell the incense and votive candles and hear the choir?)

Stroke it, four-eyes!  You may NOT have your cake and eat it, too!

My main point here?  H.sapiens sapiens‘ evolution as we know it is wrong.  What it is I am not required to know, being a mere lay person.  But with the huge gap between h. erectus and h. sapiens, there is a lot of room for slow and steady evolution.  No need for the “Abracadabra! Voila! Humans!” of both science and the Bible.

Points to keep in mind, going forward:

Even at 40,000 years old the Valsequillo, Mexico dating becomes coincident with Neandertals, and Neandertals were in the same area of Europe as the Solutreans and at the same time.  (We will pass on the 200,000+ dates – also at Valsequillo – for now.) Ergo, Solutreans and Neandertals knew each other.  The dates don’t agree?  Give it time.  Wiki  says Mousterian Neandertals died out 30,000 years ago, while Solutreans appeared at 21,000 years?  Odd, since the new evidence on the Delmarva peninsula shows the Solutreans in  Maryland 22,000 years ago.  What???!! In the New World before the Old?  See?  The dates are in flux, and we needn’t parse too finely when looking at dates; dates ARE subject to change.And they will.  Today’s dating scheme is only a work in progress.  Trust me on that.

The Mousterian Neandertals and ‘modern man’ both used the Mousterian stone tools, so at which point did the ‘modern man’ become Solutrean?  When his technology changed?  Bah humbug. Then how to explain javelin spears found at Schöningen Germany dated to 400,000 years ago?  You see, the dating scheme is totally in flux.  Every new site changes things.  Do, do not trust any date as final.  And that goes quadruple for overall dating schemes. If you put 50 anthropologists in a room and ask them each to give you dating schemes you will get 50 different answers – maybe more.

The most likely outcome will be that the Neandertals and Solutreans overlapped in the same area and had contact with each other.   This also says that Neandertals probably acquired the same technologies.  They weren’t exactly stupid; their brains were over 10% larger than ‘modern man.’  Now, in all – and I do mean ALL – other comparisons, anthropologists will tell anyone listening that it is brain size that dictates what makes modern man superior to all other creatures.  But in the case of Neandertals, the same people will ay – with a straight face – that in that case it the rule didn’t apply.  Again: homo sapiens exceptionalism.  Oh, and don’t forget the double standard.  (It gets kind of old after a while, doesn’t it?)

So, the Neandertals (we think) did not paint on cave walls like Cro-Magnons.  Today most humans are not capable of painting on our walls as well as the painters of Lascaux.  Does that makes us non-artists Neandertals?  Of course not.

Neandertals were just as intelligent as Cro-Magnons.  And with that intelligence they may well have been just as mobile.  Whoever first had a boat, it is perfectly possible that the other saw it and attempted to copy it.  Machinists and garbage men may not be able to paint van Goghs, but they are probably every bit as capable of building boats as Monet or Picasso.  Advancement in one artistic area does not necessarily mean superiority in practical construction, though the anthropologists would have you think so.

And if Solutreans were capable of boating to Maryland, I see little reasaon to think the Neandertals wouldn’t have been able to.  The ‘last bastion’ of Neandertals appears to have been Gibraltar.  It makes for such a pathos-filled anthropo vignette – the lone, ugly, stunted, low-browed Neandertal looking out over the blue Atlantic and wondering, “Where did we go wrong?  We had it all, and those bony long people took it all like developers on a pristine beach in the Caribbean using Eminent Domain.  Oh, well, we had our 50,000 year run, and maybe it is time to give up the ghost.”

But what if that wasn’t the case?  What if Neandertal’s Last Stand never happened?  What if they simply took off in boats?  They wouldn’t be the first people to head out for greener pastures.  Oh, actually maybe they were the first.  But they wouldn’t be the last, if they did.

If Solutreans were capable of boating across the Great Western Ocean to the New World, there is no practical reason the Neandertals couldn’t also.  There is nothing in the literature that prevents the possibility – only the mindset of the often wrong anthropologists and arkies.

(Prediction: Neandertal artifacts WILL be found in the New World.  I hope I got that prediction in before the evidence is discovered/recognized.  Actually, Calico Hills and other sites may already be showing such evidence.)

   (Prediction: Neandertal artifacts WILL be found in the New World.  I hope I got that prediction in before it actually happens!  You heard it here first!)

No artifacts yet?  Just wait.  The one thing about the incomplete past is this:  The ones who know it all are the ones who always get caught with their pants down.  And everywhere that Mary went the alternative researchers were sure to go – and by ‘go’ I mean beat them there.

The impossible/alternative/wacko ideas have proven to have been more correct than the Brahmins.   The direction consistently proves the wackos’ ideas to have been more sound than the insiders.  Why?  Because the wackos look at anomalous facts and actually think they are real.  And isn’t that a novel concept?

Garcia’s First Rule of Scientific Concepts: Centuries from now, when the final overall concept of any field comes together it MUST explain and have a place for ALL the anomalous facts; ergo to avoid anomalies is to be intentionally stupid.

Corollary: Facts in and of themselves are never wrong.

Lesson: Once any single fact is vetted, no overall concept can be correct without it.

New question guideline: Every anomalous fact must engender the question “What bigger view can possibly incorporate such a fact?

These are points alternate researchers know without being told.  It doesn’t make us right.  It only means we are at least considering enough explanations that we are asking the right questions.  So what if we come up with some crazy ideas on the speculative end of the spectrum – Is the academic any more brilliant because he errs on the side of not being ridiculed?

But the arkies’ and anthropologists’ scheme for dating human development, in the New World and in the Old, is certainly wrong, because it is based on presumptions and assumptions that, over and over, continue to be wrong.  It doesn’t take a genius to point to the future and guess that they will be wrong again – and again.

Steve


Lloyd –

For years and years, I’ve wondered at the gall of anthropologists and arkies who claimed that Homo became h.sapiens sapiens a mere 40,000 ya.

Evolution for all the other animals took many hundreds of thousands of years, and they would tell us that with a straight face.

Then they would also tell us that only 35,000 ya the Neandertals faded, stomped into the ground by the flat-foreheaded Cro-Mags.

Even the 200,000 ya Mother of us all, “African Eve”, was told with a straight face.

All these changes, in the blink of a geological eye or even an evolutionary eye.

None of them could see the double-think involved.  They’d all be good candidates for 1984.

“Oh, but,” they would say, “Humans are the exception to the rule, because he is us.”

Stroke it, four-eyes!  You may NOT have your cake and eat it, too!

My main point here?  H. sapiens sapiens’s evolution as we know it is wrong.  What it is I am not required to know, being a mere lay person.  But with the huge gap between h. erectus and h. sapiens, there is a lot of room for steady and gradual evolution, in place of the “Voila! Humans!” school of thought.

Points to keep in mind, going forward:

Even at only 40kya Valsequillo becomes coincident with Neandertals, and Neandertal was in the same areas of Europe as the Solutreans.  Ergo Solutreans and Neandertals knew each other and probably exchanged technological know-how, either directly or thought conflict (conflict could not have been bombers and artillery, but hand-to-hand, face-to-face, and those who won battles would have scarfed up any new weapons from the battlefield).  Neandertals actually had bigger brains than we do – I know you know that – so there is nothing to suggest they did not have the capacity to invent, even if they didn’t paint on cave walls like Cro-Magnons.  Machinists or construction workers today don’t often turn out van Goghs or Michealangelos, either, and while symphony goers might equate them to cavemen it is not meant literally.  Being blue collar or not living in the high rent district does not a Neandertal make.  But Neandertal was just as mobile as Cro-Magnon.  There is nothing in the literature that prevents that being the case.  And if Solutreans were capable of boating to the land over the Great Western Ocean, there is no reason to think that Neandertals did not also do that.  (Prediction: Neandertal artifacts WILL be found in the New World.  I hope I got that prediction in before it actually happens!  You heard it here first!)

No artifacts?  Just wait.  The one thing about the incomplete past is this:  The ones who know it all are the ones who always get caught with their pants down.  And everywhere that Mary went, the alternative researchers were sure to follow – and by ‘follow’ I mean ‘preceded.’

The impossible/alternative/wacko ideas have proven to have been more correct than the Brahmins.   The direction consistently proves the wackos’ ideas to have been more sound than the insiders.  Why?  Because the wackos look at anomalous facts and actually think they are real.  And isn’t that a novel concept?

Garcia’s First Rule of Scientific Concepts: Centuries from now, when the final overall concept of any field comes together it MUST explain and have a place for ALL the anomalous facts; ergo to avoid anomalies is to be intentionally stupid.

Corollary: Facts in and of themselves are never wrong.

Lesson: Once any single fact is vetted, no overall concept can be correct without it.

New question guideline: Every anomalous fact must engender the question “What bigger view can possibly incorporate such a fact?


These are points alternate researchers know without being told.  It doesn’t make us right.  It only means we are at least considering enough explanations that we are asking the right questions.  So what if we come up with some crazy ideas on the speculative end of the spectrum – Is the academic any more brilliant because he errs on the side of not being ridiculed?

Steve

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