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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' 1522 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 12:40
Lets go round again...one more time! 389 RN Vooght 04-Jan-18 15:41
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 376 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 16:14
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 374 Itatw70s 04-Jan-18 16:49
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 357 RN Vooght 04-Jan-18 18:01
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 499 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 19:12
Protocol 360 drrayeye 08-Jan-18 07:55
Re: Protocol 367 Susan Doris 08-Jan-18 08:09
Re: Protocol 344 Susan Doris 09-Jan-18 11:43
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 364 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 18:08
Re: Lets go round again...one more time! 324 RN Vooght 05-Jan-18 20:33
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 366 Naveen 04-Jan-18 17:06
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 336 Poster Boy 07-Jan-18 17:27
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 370 P.D. Newman 04-Jan-18 17:29
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 359 Susan Doris 04-Jan-18 19:18
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 344 Susan Doris 05-Jan-18 10:20
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 352 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 15:03
Re: 'Higher wisdom' 358 Susan Doris 05-Jan-18 15:15
Different v superior 330 Poster Boy 07-Jan-18 17:23
Re: Different v superior 339 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 18:02
Re: Different v superior 342 Poster Boy 07-Jan-18 20:27
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 377 michael seabrook 05-Jan-18 20:49
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 364 greengirl5 05-Jan-18 21:37
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 347 greengirl5 05-Jan-18 21:48
Going to the moon and Mars 348 greengirl5 05-Jan-18 22:55
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 366 P.D. Newman 05-Jan-18 23:03
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 339 cloister 06-Jan-18 17:17
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 367 P.D. Newman 06-Jan-18 17:35
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 335 cloister 06-Jan-18 21:30
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 349 P.D. Newman 07-Jan-18 00:39
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 363 Broker 08-Jan-18 01:33
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 357 Poster Boy 08-Jan-18 02:21
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 347 Broker 08-Jan-18 15:00
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 344 Poster Boy 08-Jan-18 17:22
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 341 P.D. Newman 09-Jan-18 22:14
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 354 Broker 10-Jan-18 01:14
Re: 'Higher wisdom' Archimedes' Secret 338 P.D. Newman 12-Jan-18 23:27
Inappropriate off topic 363 drrayeye 06-Jan-18 05:17
Re: Inappropriate off topic 350 Susan Doris 06-Jan-18 05:54
Re: Inappropriate off topic 343 greengirl5 06-Jan-18 09:18
Re: Inappropriate off topic 358 Susan Doris 06-Jan-18 09:57
Re: Inappropriate off topic 352 Itatw70s 06-Jan-18 20:52
Re: Inappropriate off topic 332 greengirl5 06-Jan-18 21:25
Re: Inappropriate off topic 329 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 08:57
Re: Inappropriate off topic 333 greengirl5 07-Jan-18 09:44
Re: Inappropriate off topic 394 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 11:14
Re: Inappropriate off topic 340 Poster Boy 07-Jan-18 17:30
Re: Inappropriate off topic 336 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 18:06
Re: Inappropriate off topic 343 greengirl5 07-Jan-18 20:55
Re: Inappropriate off topic 373 michael seabrook 07-Jan-18 22:07
Re: Inappropriate off topic 341 Itatw70s 07-Jan-18 23:29
Re: Inappropriate off topic 335 Susan Doris 07-Jan-18 23:37
Re: Inappropriate off topic 341 Susan Doris 08-Jan-18 06:21
Re: Inappropriate off topic 338 greengirl5 08-Jan-18 06:43
Re: Inappropriate off topic 334 Susan Doris 08-Jan-18 07:43
Re: Inappropriate off topic 348 greengirl5 08-Jan-18 20:00
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