However convinced they were, their 'knowledge' was subjective. Can you define the 'spirit of life'?Quote
I'd also like to comment on "the beliefs and superstitions" of prehistoric, ancient and indigenous peoples, compared with the "knowledge" we have now. For the people of Neolithic south central Britain, I propose that they did not 'believe' the spirit of lived derived from a certain area of the cosmos. They knew it!
Mind you, I bet there were a few sceptics, even then!!Quote
There was no question in their minds that the source of spirit was within what today we refer to as the Winter Hexagon, where we find Orion.
Yes, it seems very reasonable to conclude that they were doing the very best they could with the information available.Quote
In fact, the ancient Sumerians, pre-dynastic Egyptians, Chinese, Mayans, native tribes of North America, and many, many other Neolithic cultures around the world and throughout time 'knew' the same. The evidence is overwhelming in this regard. So with that 'knowledge' there was no question that Stonehenge needed to be constructed, and the pyramids at Giza need to be built. It was not a question of should we, or could we, but 'we must, we shall'. And they did. Where there is the will, there is the way.
I definitely disagree here. It sounds as if you might be thinking that they 'knew' better than we do now?Quote
We no longer have the will, and have lost our way.
The rationalists, scientists, all those in fact who look for the objective, testable facts behind the ideas, will acknowledge that this generation learnt as much as they could and did the best they could with the facts available at the time.Quote
As for our own set of 'knowledge', imagine what people 5000 years from now (if humankind survives that long) will say of our modern beliefs and superstitions about the world, cosmos and creation of the universe and life within.
Depends on what you define as 'true knowledge'. Facts, knowledge - these are either true or they are not. There are of course many which are 'don't know yets' as well. All anecdotal, subjective superstitions and beliefs will remain as anecdotal, subjective superstitions and beliefs.( Of course, if they are proved, then they become knowledge.)Quote
For it is future generations who will have true 'knowledge' . . . . . . . . . . or will they?