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However, I am comfortable commenting on an example of superior wisdom within a given culture in relation to itself.
The phrase ‘superior wisdom’ I will return to later.
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Take for example, the medicinal tea of the Amazon Basin, yage. This brew generally consists of two plants, chacruna (Psychotria viridis) and ayahuasca (Banisteriopsis caapi). Either of these taken alone at standard doses would result in less than remarkable responses. However, when combined they produce one of the most entheogenic concoctions known to science. Considering that there are some 40,000+ species of plant life in the Amazon rainforest, the odds that one would find the two plants necessary to produce the effect, and then combine and drink them, are slim to none -- 1 in 800,000,000, in fact. But, that's just what they did. I wouldn't hesitate to refer to this as an example of higher wisdom.
It doesn’t matter what the odds are, the fact that it happened means that the probability is one. You do not know how many hundreds or thousand of years it took for this combination to be used, its effect noted and the information passed on to others. In other words, all other possible explanations must be considered first, and, of course, if none of them fits, then the answer is unknown. To classify it as wisdom is to apply confirmation bias, personal incredulity, etc, and I think special pleading comes in there somewhere too!!
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If you asked the tribesmen themselves how they acquired this information, they would not respond with 'trial and error.' Rather, they say rather matter of fact that the plants spoke the wisdom to them. And, that's just what these plants do. They speak.
Well of course the people would say that – they do not know the exact answer themselves. Whether someone imagined that the plants ‘spoke’ to them and then shared that idea with others, the modern descendants will not know, especially if no written records exist.
By what method do you think the plants ‘spoke’ to them?

Re:superior wisdom. I find that such adjectives as ‘superior’ attached to anything pertaining to things and people ancient is generally used by those who somehow consider that things ancient must be better than, superior to, more advanced than, the knowledge, information and understanding we have today. The more we know about all aspects of our species’ past, the better, and respect is their due. With luck, we humans will continue to lern and improve on things, although of course just by being human we are bound to make mistakes too.
I do hope you will expand your thoughts on the phrase.

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'Higher wisdom' 1573 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 12:40
Lets go round again...one more time! 412 RN Vooght 04-Jan-18 15:41
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 395 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 16:14
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 392 Itatw70s 04-Jan-18 16:49
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 379 RN Vooght 04-Jan-18 18:01
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 518 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 19:12
Protocol 376 drrayeye 08-Jan-18 07:55
Re: Protocol 391 Susan Doris 08-Jan-18 08:09
Re: Protocol 362 Susan Doris 09-Jan-18 11:43
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 384 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 18:08
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 348 RN Vooght 05-Jan-18 20:33
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 386 Naveen 04-Jan-18 17:06
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 357 PB Bytes 07-Jan-18 17:27
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 387 P.D. Newman 04-Jan-18 17:29
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 378 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 19:18
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 364 Susan Doris 05-Jan-18 10:20
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 371 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 15:03
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 374 Susan Doris 05-Jan-18 15:15
Different v superior 348 PB Bytes 07-Jan-18 17:23
Re: Different v superior 356 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 18:02
Re: Different v superior 360 PB Bytes 07-Jan-18 20:27
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 396 michael seabrook 05-Jan-18 20:49
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 388 greengirl5 05-Jan-18 21:37
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 368 greengirl5 05-Jan-18 21:48
Going to the moon and Mars 367 greengirl5 05-Jan-18 22:55
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 383 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 23:03
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 355 cloister 06-Jan-18 17:17
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 383 P.D. Newman 06-Jan-18 17:35
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 352 cloister 06-Jan-18 21:30
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 367 P.D. Newman 07-Jan-18 00:39
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 389 Broker 08-Jan-18 01:33
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 376 PB Bytes 08-Jan-18 02:21
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 369 Broker 08-Jan-18 15:00
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 362 PB Bytes 08-Jan-18 17:22
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 357 P.D. Newman 09-Jan-18 22:14
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 379 Broker 10-Jan-18 01:14
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 360 P.D. Newman 12-Jan-18 23:27
Inappropriate off topic 379 drrayeye 06-Jan-18 05:17
Re: Inappropriate off topic 367 Susan Doris 06-Jan-18 05:54
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Re: Inappropriate off topic 389 michael seabrook 07-Jan-18 22:07
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Re: Inappropriate off topic 351 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 23:37
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