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;
and Gobekli Tepe artworks;
and miniature artworks;
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.
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