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"Why should things only have been invented one time"?

If you mean like "human beings" Joanne, I can only agree; I see absolutely no reason why human beings could not have been invented more than once.

But I must take exception to your constant repetition- not unreminiscent of those cute little red-guards chanting the daily slogan from Mao's little red book- of the terms 'ethnocentric' and 'racist' as applied to any observer who considers the possibility that similar developments in separate cultures may not have arisen from a common derivation; particularly in those past cultures too remote in time for any absolute truth to ever be established as to their motivations.

We do however in contemporary times have examples of how cultural changes occur:
Abstraction in painting, is an excellent example. While there were occasional experiments in abstraction in Europe early in the 20th century- Malevich, Kandinsky, Mondrian..., it was not until the 1940's in New York that the concept of abstraction took root; became the major impulse in modern art which was echoed on every continent for a brief spell. Similar influences can be observed in regard to the development of Impressionism in Paris a century earlier.

What these examples suggest is that there is a common latent awareness in certain human beings in differing locations at roughly similar times, but that conditions for a 'full flowering' usually only occur at one particular point; after the full flowering it is- as 'morphic resonance' suggests- easier for replication[ albeit always with subtle local overtones ]everywhere.

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diffusion/hyper 464 scimitar 23-Mar-04 15:54
Re: diffusion/hyper 356 Dave Light 23-Mar-04 21:09
Re: diffusion/hyper 362 scimitar 05-Apr-04 06:02
Re: diffusion/hyper 332 fiascohoho 23-Mar-04 23:12
Re: diffusion/hyper 416 SunSword 24-Mar-04 14:14
Re: diffusion/hyper 232 fiascohoho 24-Mar-04 17:48
Re: diffusion/hyper 384 scimitar 05-Apr-04 06:05
Re: diffusion/hyper 335 barrystutner 24-Mar-04 15:50
Re: diffusion/hyper 332 Joanne 24-Mar-04 16:49
Then and now 299 Thirdwave 26-Mar-04 12:21
Re: Then and now 295 Joanne 26-Mar-04 15:01
Re: Then and now 319 fiascohoho 26-Mar-04 19:23
Re: Then and now 308 Thirdwave 28-Mar-04 03:40
Re: Then and now 356 Thirdwave 27-Mar-04 02:45
Re: Then and now 398 Joanne 27-Mar-04 03:30
Re: Then and now 321 Thirdwave 27-Mar-04 04:05
Re: Then and now 373 scimitar 05-Apr-04 07:01
Re: Then and now 332 Alex S 29-Mar-04 17:10
Re: Then and now 322 Joanne 29-Mar-04 18:16
Re: Then and now 382 Alex S 30-Mar-04 03:20
Re: Then and now 312 Joanne 30-Mar-04 16:29
Re: Then and now 378 fiascohoho 30-Mar-04 21:06
Re: Then and now 355 Alex S 31-Mar-04 01:37
Re: Then and now 411 Joanne 31-Mar-04 19:20
Re: Then and now 312 David Billington 31-Mar-04 22:33
Re: Then and now 345 Joanne 01-Apr-04 03:33
Re: Then and now 342 Alex S 01-Apr-04 04:45
Re: Then and now 314 Joanne 01-Apr-04 17:20
Re: Then and now 343 Alex S 02-Apr-04 04:20
Re: Then and now 256 David Billington 01-Apr-04 22:04
Re: Then and now 339 scimitar 05-Apr-04 07:47
Re: Then and now 417 Alex S 01-Apr-04 01:41
Re: Then and now 328 scimitar 05-Apr-04 06:36
Re: Then and now 292 Jerome 05-Apr-04 09:41
Re: Then and now 262 David Billington 06-Apr-04 21:00
Re: Then and now 383 Jerome 07-Apr-04 00:09
Re: Then and now 364 David Billington 07-Apr-04 08:35
Re: Then and now 315 Jerome 07-Apr-04 22:21
Re: Then and now 310 David Billington 08-Apr-04 09:19
Re: Then and now 286 Jerome 08-Apr-04 17:28
Re: Then and now 303 David Billington 29-Mar-04 21:11
Re: Then and now 408 Joanne 29-Mar-04 22:46
Re: Then and now 334 David Billington 30-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Then and now 335 Joanne 30-Mar-04 15:55
Re: Then and now 269 barrystutner 30-Mar-04 18:25
Co-evolution/mutation of cows and humans 335 ananda 30-Mar-04 18:32
Re: Then and now 338 Joanne 30-Mar-04 19:51
Re: diffusion/hyper 323 Jerome 28-Mar-04 22:30
Re: diffusion/hyper 400 Pete Clarke 29-Mar-04 13:18
Re: diffusion/hyper 367 fiascohoho 29-Mar-04 23:36
Re: diffusion/hyper 352 javier 30-Mar-04 11:12
links correction 299 javier 30-Mar-04 11:17
Re: links correction 347 fiascohoho 30-Mar-04 11:59
Re: links correction 327 javier 30-Mar-04 14:13
Re: Out of Africa....? 299 fiascohoho 26-Mar-04 04:54
Re: Out of Africa....? 328 fiascohoho 31-Mar-04 05:13
Re: hyper-diaper-diffusion..., 329 fiascohoho 27-Mar-04 06:33
Re: hyper-diaper-diffusion..., 622 Nolondil 27-Mar-04 20:03
Re: hyper-diaper-diffusion..., 316 fiascohoho 28-Mar-04 00:10
Re: diffusion/hyper 340 Alex S 29-Mar-04 17:01
Re: diffusion/hyper 319 Alex S 31-Mar-04 14:07


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