Author of the Month :  The Official GrahamHancock.com forums
Join us at this forum every month for a discussion with famous popular authors from around the world. 
Welcome! Log InRegister
Gary, if only “traits and disorders” go with genetic material, then culture is not genetic. Thus you have to separate migration from culture.
If Egyptians gave “symbology” to San then pity the poor backwaters that head office did not get around to.
I have read one of your books, and it did not define cultural diffusion in terms of who spread what recurrent behaviours, to where, when, why, and how.
Please explain why there are about sixteen kivas on Gobekli Tepe hill, including under-floor features, benches, iconography, very similar to Hopi kivas?
Abstracts are as natural as number and basic geometrics and species. No trance needed. Shapes do not diffuse, they are innate. A circle with a cross does not mean “street, town intersection' in Egyptian, nor San or Khoe or Indian iconography. Barry Fell again?

Dr Ray Eye, linguists are also in two camps. The innate school has a lot of evidence and a good theoretical model. “Chomsky's transformational grammar works so well because it creates [no, identifies] on organizational structure that ignores semantic structure (meaning).”
Yes, since the final layer of allocation is optional (not entirely, see Blasi et al). The structural layers are compulsory.
“How we obtain meaning from the world is not understood very well.”
Meaning is inherent in the world and in us. We arrogate several conscious roles. See my paper on semiotics in Expression.
“...understanding in very different directions as we develop.”? But Eskimos and Australians understand the same things.
“By the time a child is 5 years old (or so), he has differentiated sufficiently to belong to a culture which will be somewhat unique.”
So culture is all nurture, not nature? And yes local versions are only somewhat unique; in stylisation. Revlon BC 70 000 is an ochre stick, and abalone shell with a mixture of seal fat and ochre powder, and stirring or application stick, in Blombos shelter. With needles and beads. If it's human, it is not unique.
“So being hard-wired may not be that big a deal.”
I have found compulsive subconscious expression of natural structure in art and building sites, to contain about 100 options, in five distinct layers, of which about 60% of very specific options are always expressed, and always in very specific positions. Always.
This model explains and predicts artworks (see my paper about a recently found ice Age engraving at Berriruata in Spain, in the anthropology journal Expression), at the rate of about 60 features in each and every Ice Age cave artwork;
[mindprintart.wordpress.com]
and Gobekli Tepe artworks;
[stoneprintjournal.blog]
and miniature artworks;
[stoneprintjournal.wordpress.com]
Structuralist analysis of the Minoan Pylos Combat agate jewel miniature, incidentally responds to Mathison's article, which follows the same old common or garden or silent (unarticulated) arrogant conscious 'evolutionary' paradigm of diffusion.
If you want to study culture instead of migration, then isolating hard-wired aspects of behaviour, such as elements in art, myth, ritual, language and perception, is a big deal.



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 19-Apr-18 09:12 by Edmond.

Options: ReplyQuote


Subject Views Written By Posted
Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 3253 gadavid 10-Apr-18 22:17
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 721 Edmond 14-Apr-18 09:47
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 660 gadavid 15-Apr-18 20:23
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 709 Edmond 16-Apr-18 12:53
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 658 gadavid 17-Apr-18 19:26
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 659 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:34
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 676 Edmond 18-Apr-18 10:00
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 644 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:18
Being hard wired 646 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 06:24
Re: Being hard wired 647 Edmond 19-Apr-18 08:54
Re: Being hard wired 624 Aine 19-Apr-18 12:34
The scientific literature 670 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 13:26
Re: Being hard wired 678 gadavid 19-Apr-18 22:54
Re: Being hard wired 633 gadavid 19-Apr-18 23:18
Re: Being hard wired 669 Edmond 20-Apr-18 07:32
If you want tobe taken seriously by scientists 660 drrayeye 20-Apr-18 15:22
Re: Being hard wired 629 Eddie Larry 20-Apr-18 16:58
Re: Being hard wired 632 gadavid 21-Apr-18 05:08
Re: Being hard wired 638 Edmond 21-Apr-18 14:53
Re: Being hard wired 625 Eddie Larry 21-Apr-18 17:27
Re: Being hard wired 626 gadavid 22-Apr-18 21:52
Re: Being hard wired 665 gadavid 22-Apr-18 22:01
Re: Being hard wired 632 Edmond 23-Apr-18 09:29
Re: Being hard wired 658 gadavid 23-Apr-18 22:21
Re: Being hard wired 631 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:30
Re: Being hard wired 680 gadavid 24-Apr-18 23:23
Re: Being hard wired 715 Edmond 25-Apr-18 09:21
Re: Being a hard wired pain 623 MDaines 25-Apr-18 10:57
Re: Being hard wired 1024 gadavid 25-Apr-18 19:38
Re: Being hard wired 640 Eddie Larry 19-Apr-18 18:31
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 705 PB Bytes 14-Apr-18 16:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 648 gadavid 16-Apr-18 00:15
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 681 drrayeye 17-Apr-18 21:56
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 631 gadavid 17-Apr-18 23:19
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 673 drrayeye 18-Apr-18 08:09
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 635 gadavid 18-Apr-18 22:30
Re: Cultural Diffusionism vs. Cultural Isolationism 633 drrayeye 19-Apr-18 05:26
To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 613 Race Jackson 24-Apr-18 00:06
Re: To disprove a theory, all that is needed is a single true counter factual 625 Edmond 24-Apr-18 10:39


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.