Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Philosophy Wire: Neanderthal childhood. Modern arrogance.


Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-05-21]: Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new and distinctive perspective which suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a significant role in their society. [1] We believe we are better than the previous ones. For some reason we have accepted as granted that "newer means better". We cannot accept that the "primitive" are better than us, the "progressed" men. Oh, how arrogant can we be? Think. Remember. Once upon a time you were Neanderthal. Once upon a time you were happy...

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