More on Lascaux & Geometric signs in cave art

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The ancient world and it’s part in the evolution of our current kind of mind seems to be a theme for me these days. So here’s a bit more, inspired by a recent post on metafilter about the Bradshaws, rock paintings in Australia. From the excellent cave and rock […]

Previously unpublished photos of the Lascaux cave paintings online from LIFE magazine

One of my favorite things in the world is Lascaux. This cro-magnon painted cave temple is one of the most fascinating creations of prehistory, and arguably one of the most significant discoveries in the history of religion, art, AND writing and communcations and the human brain.

So it’s always a thrill to see new Lascaux […]

Something to look for – a new 3d movie about cave art from the Chauvet cave

This could be a very rare oppurtunity to get a look at the Chauvet cave art images in a way that would be almost like being there – Werner Herzog (He made the documentary Grizzly Man) has talked his way into the cave with good cameras, and this could be really revolutionary for we students […]

The Catal Hoyuk “map”

As some may know, the archaeological site once called Catal Huyuk, now usually called Catalhoyuk (usually said to mean “forked mound” or a double mound) is an interest of mine, kind of a hobby. The most well known manifestation of that hobby is my old article “Catal Huyuk: The Temple City of Prehistoric Anatolia“.

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Giordano Bruno – highly readable review of a new biography

I always think a good review can be as useful to read and absorb as a book, in this modern age of information compression, sorting, and filtering. If you are interested in the history and character of Giordanao Bruno, this page is worth visiting.

I find the emphasis on Bruno’s involvement with the renaissance re-creation […]

The Kalighat Pictures of Indian Gods – Kali

Visit bibliodyssey to see larger versions of this image and others… Bibliodyssey page on the Kalighat Pictures of Indian Gods

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His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99 per cent of human evolutionary history, we have lived as hunter-gatherer communities surviving on our wits, leading to big-brained humans. Since the invention of agriculture and cities, however, natural selection on our intellect has effective stopped and mutations have accumulated in the critical “intelligence” genes.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas and a clear-sighted view of important issues,” Professor Crabtree says in a provocative paper published in the journal Trends in Genetics.

“Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues. I would also make this wager for the ancient inhabitants of Africa, Asia, India or the Americas, of perhaps 2,000 to 6,000 years ago,” Professor Crabtree says.

“The basis for my wager comes from new developments in genetics, anthropology, and neurobiology that make a clear prediction that our intellectual and emotional abilities are genetically surprisingly fragile,” he says.

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