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Gary, if geometric shapes “certainly means something to the natives of Arizona” then you could publish a West American art and rock art dictionary. But most cultural “meaning” is subconscious, using a different lexicon and grammar.
If the Celtic Cross [similar to the Greek Cross] derives “from a navigational tool used by Neolithic global mariners”, then you could publish a global ancient technology dictionary. But culture is not degraded technology.
If “current Hopi/Navajo admixture is obvious and boring”, then so is ancient cultural diffusion.
If you “do not ‘do’ science”, then do not use anthropology terminology. As Geertz recognised, anthropology is either science or craft, thus metrics within a theoretical and paradigmatic framework, or mythology. Of which myth is usually more intelligent. You are a great mythologist. Perhaps some Hopi are already using your books as ‘ancient oral teaching’.
If your book, Orion Zone: Ancient Star Cities of the American Southwest’, is “pervaded at times with an aura of poetry”, then it is mythology. Some would call it modern and thus irrelevant, but archetype is alive and well. Myth is a global medium, and global in content, as comparison of various recent correspondence myths demonstrate.
Your primary thesis of culture from the sky, demonstrates the problem in the conscious paradigm of culture. Your thesis was much more useful than the “logical syllogism” drivel that prof engineer Sweatman and Tsikritsis last year pedalled past the scientists who edit Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry (MAA), for which science and myth should never forgive them. Here is my scientific and structuralist (currently considered 'not scientific') assessment of the lowest point in archaeo astronomy;
[stoneprintjournal.blog]
Culture is not a conscious construct. I agree that “the stakes are much higher”. I agree that you are “helping to redefine the paradigms and parameters of the cultural evolution and history of our planet." Just abandon the common sense approach to culture via “evolution” and conscious constructs. You are using the same paradigm that causes the 'scientific' problem. Your article and comments demonstrate that the current ‘scientific’ paradigm is inadequate to study culture.

Eddy Larry; yes nature works on causes and effects, but the bigger picture requires original causes, which is archetype. Nature is not just a construct of jostling envelopes. Matter and energy follow laws such as the periodic table. Culture also has laws and a periodic table.

DrRayEye, I have not studied Lennenberg's linguistics. But I like this quote; "(4) The capacity for extracting similarities from physical stimulus causes the outer form of language to vary with relatively great freedom, but causes the underlying type to remain constant. (5) ...Environmental condition is the key to make it possible to unfold language... in two steps; latent structure for language-readiness; and actualization... of underlying concept into a concrete utterance." With some of my reservations about the linguistic definitions of these terms.
Some archaeologists, whom I do not want to provoke in isolated comments, have hinted that 'primitive' society lack some latent brain structure; and lack some stimulus for utterance. They wrote of "the language-ready brain". Perhaps they mis-interpeted Lennenberg? Or perhaps his summary dumbs down Chomsky and others?



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Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 2667 gadavid 10-Apr-18 22:17
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Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 543 Edmond 16-Apr-18 12:53
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 501 gadavid 17-Apr-18 19:26
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 487 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:34
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 498 Edmond 18-Apr-18 10:00
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 485 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:18
Being hard wired 484 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 06:24
Re: Being hard wired 488 Edmond 19-Apr-18 08:54
Re: Being hard wired 461 Aine 19-Apr-18 12:34
The scientific literature 499 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 13:26
Re: Being hard wired 510 gadavid 19-Apr-18 22:54
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Re: Being hard wired 499 Edmond 20-Apr-18 07:32
If you want tobe taken seriously by scientists 489 drrayeye 20-Apr-18 15:22
Re: Being hard wired 469 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-18 16:58
Re: Being hard wired 472 gadavid 21-Apr-18 05:08
Re: Being hard wired 473 Edmond 21-Apr-18 14:53
Re: Being hard wired 458 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 17:27
Re: Being hard wired 455 gadavid 22-Apr-18 21:52
Re: Being hard wired 502 gadavid 22-Apr-18 22:01
Re: Being hard wired 471 Edmond 23-Apr-18 09:29
Re: Being hard wired 495 gadavid 23-Apr-18 22:21
Re: Being hard wired 452 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:30
Re: Being hard wired 506 gadavid 24-Apr-18 23:23
Re: Being hard wired 545 Edmond 25-Apr-18 09:21
Re: Being a hard wired pain 473 MDaines 25-Apr-18 10:57
Re: Being hard wired 753 gadavid 25-Apr-18 19:38
Re: Being hard wired 485 Eddie Larry 19-Apr-18 18:31
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 534 PB Bytes 14-Apr-18 16:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 490 gadavid 16-Apr-18 00:15
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 516 drrayeye 17-Apr-18 21:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 473 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:19
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 500 drrayeye 18-Apr-18 08:09
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 480 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:30
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 477 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 05:26
To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 459 Race Jackson 24-Apr-18 00:06
Re: To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 463 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:39


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