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2022-06-29 2:00:25 PM  
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2022-06-29 4:12:42 PM  
Just wait until the ancient aliens folks hear about this.
 
2022-06-29 4:17:59 PM  
One thing early humans absolutely struggled with was boredom. Drugs abd booze helped. The scientists need to seriously recognize many of these paintings were likely done under the influence of mind altering drugs - and all done by firelight.
 
2022-06-29 4:20:19 PM  

RandomInternetComment: Just wait until the ancient aliens folks hear about this.


Skinny Bob, is that you??
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2022-06-29 4:55:04 PM  
Pretty sure those are Sorns with hats.  I do recall them going through a sombrero phase at some point.
 
2022-06-29 4:58:24 PM  
Easter Island Head
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2022-06-29 5:04:14 PM  
I remember seeing once -- as in only 1 time -- a rock painting of an early man whose head looked like a burning torch. This sighting was at least 20 years ago, and despite repeated deep dives into looking for a reference to it, I've never found it again. This was around the time that a book appeared which attempted to date the point at which humans became self-aware. IIRC, it was somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000 years ago. Which, iirc, was around the age of the rock painting. I've always thought that was an apt image for self-discovery. A burning torch for a head.
 
2022-06-29 5:30:36 PM  

yakmans_dad: I remember seeing once -- as in only 1 time -- a rock painting of an early man whose head looked like a burning torch. This sighting was at least 20 years ago, and despite repeated deep dives into looking for a reference to it, I've never found it again. This was around the time that a book appeared which attempted to date the point at which humans became self-aware. IIRC, it was somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000 years ago. Which, iirc, was around the age of the rock painting. I've always thought that was an apt image for self-discovery. A burning torch for a head.


That book would be very outdated. Anthropologists tend to accept that people were "self aware" for as long as anatomically modern humans existed, which is now about 200,000 years. And primatologists seem to feel that all great apes have that same sense, which means it is likely our last common ancestor probably was self-aware.

Now, what being "self aware" means is another thing altogether. Folks fight over that quite a bit, at least the details.
 
2022-06-29 6:13:03 PM  
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2022-06-29 8:25:13 PM  
Do you want ents? 'Cause that's how you get ents!
 
2022-06-29 9:38:20 PM  

yakmans_dad: I remember seeing once -- as in only 1 time -- a rock painting of an early man whose head looked like a burning torch. This sighting was at least 20 years ago, and despite repeated deep dives into looking for a reference to it, I've never found it again. This was around the time that a book appeared which attempted to date the point at which humans became self-aware. IIRC, it was somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000 years ago. Which, iirc, was around the age of the rock painting. I've always thought that was an apt image for self-discovery. A burning torch for a head.


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2022-06-29 11:34:28 PM  

yakmans_dad: I remember seeing once -- as in only 1 time -- a rock painting of an early man whose head looked like a burning torch. This sighting was at least 20 years ago, and despite repeated deep dives into looking for a reference to it, I've never found it again. This was around the time that a book appeared which attempted to date the point at which humans became self-aware. IIRC, it was somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000 years ago. Which, iirc, was around the age of the rock painting. I've always thought that was an apt image for self-discovery. A burning torch for a head.


If my head was on fire I would suddenly become aware of myself.

Then go looking for a river, pond, or puddle.
 
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