The phrase ‘superior wisdom’ I will return to later.Quote
However, I am comfortable commenting on an example of superior wisdom within a given culture in relation to itself.
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!!Quote
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.
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.Quote
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.
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.