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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2008, 02:45:36 pm »

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I was there. It was epic.

ROFL, ROFL, ROFL!!
Please stop or I'll burst out laughing. You are on fire.

For serious. Read my signature.
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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2008, 03:51:01 pm »

Well, I must say the guards defending us from Vikings have seem to be less alert lately. I always took that as a sign the world was getting safer...



... and we leave the city gate open all night these days, anyone could come in Shocked


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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2008, 03:59:55 pm »

Unfortunately, we still live in an 'økstid' and 'sverdtid' because of various kinds of religious nuts, except these days the 'øks' is a machine gun and the 'sverd' is a rocket launcher. I understand the Netherlands has some problems with that... Undecided

Hell, I'd be content with a 'vargtid', sometimes I like dogs more than people...

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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2008, 04:16:06 pm »

There is a time to axe and there is a time to sword ;-)
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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2008, 05:17:29 pm »

There is a time to axe and there is a time to sword ;-)

That's about the size of it, as we say here in America. Undecided
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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2008, 10:08:11 pm »

Anyone noticed how grim the news are these days?...
(is the world getting worse or was I oblivious before?)

It's always been bad. We just didn't hear about it as much or as quickly.
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« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2008, 11:03:13 pm »

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It's always been bad. We just didn't hear about it as much or as quickly.

Sure... There's the Middle Ages, and certainly before. Wasn't there something about Homo Sapiens Sapiens wiping the Australopitecus out of the face of the Earth, even though they might have been Homo Sapiens as well?

And you cannot beat the two world wars (including the two atomic bombs).

I meant in the last, say, 20 or 30 years....
Given the problems with natural resources, global warming, and some crazy wild capitalism, I fear that we're heading somewhere not good.
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« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2008, 11:09:51 pm »

And still about (consumer-level) technology in 2008, a toy/gadget thing that should be interesting not only for computer geeks, but also to people into Artificial Intelligence and Psychology.

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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2008, 08:38:15 am »

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It's always been bad. We just didn't hear about it as much or as quickly.

Sure... There's the Middle Ages, and certainly before. Wasn't there something about Homo Sapiens Sapiens wiping the Australopitecus out of the face of the Earth, even though they might have been Homo Sapiens as well?

Australopithecus afarensis, the first primitive hominid species, were long dead before then. You may have Neanderthals in mind. Well, no one knows quite what killed off Neanderthals, but it's not because they were dumb. There is plenty of archaeological evidence indicating that Neanderthals wielded spears and bows, practiced funeral rituals and there is even very strong evidence that a bone found in a Neanderthal cave with a series of holes arranged in a diatonic scale was indeed a flute.

I meant in the last, say, 20 or 30 years....
Given the problems with natural resources, global warming, and some crazy wild capitalism, I fear that we're heading somewhere not good.

The capacity to destroy has certainly increased. I don't know whether greed has really increased, but the ability to act on it has.
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2008, 09:08:23 am »

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You may have Neanderthals in mind.

Of course, silly me, I meant the Neanderthals.
Or perhaps, the Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis, if they belonged to the same species as us...

Which, given the biological basis of language, gives rise to the interesting possibility that they had it. And, I suppose, that the Sapiens Sapiens and the Neanderthals could cross and have fertile descendents.

Which would amount to a big genocide between humans if indeed the Sapiens Sapiens kicked their butts.

I don't have a clue where that research stands these days... it's been quite a few years since I first heard that hypothesis.
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2008, 09:33:38 am »

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You may have Neanderthals in mind.

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Which, given the biological basis of language, gives rise to the interesting possibility that they had it. And, I suppose, that the Sapiens Sapiens and the Neanderthals could cross and have fertile descendents.

I have very little doubt about whether they possessed language. It is virtually certain given the hard evidence we have on them. If they could understand the concept of an 'octave', which is readily apparent, then they most likely spoke (at least) as well as we do today.

I don't know whether Cro Magnon and Neanderthals could crossbreed but I somehow doubt they would want to.  But maybe their superior intellect appealed to Cro Magnon women and the Cro Magnon men killed them all out of jealousy? Smiley

Anyway, here's a how the bear bone flute would have sounded. Not sure which genres were popular back then, but I can say for certain that a 55,000 year old design still sounds way better than bands like the Violent Femmes and Bright Eyes do today. Cheesy
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