A Darwinian Perspective
In evolutionary history, no two sub-species have ever been able to cohabit a limited ecology. The outcome of this inherent selective conflict is written in the history of the human genus Homo, that is, the successive increases in brain size and intelligence and the disappearance of earlier, less corticalized forms of Homo. Civilization will eventually be shaped by the domination of Homo sapiens sapiens.
Chapter 8. Civilization: Symbolic Dynamics
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CIVILIZATION: SYMBOLIC DYNAMICS
Why civilization, not culture, as the generic term? Neanderthals seem to have had distinct cultural traditions, tool styles and living structures, probably not too different than the most simple and naïve patterns of undeveloped peoples discovered from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. There is no question that the Cro-Magnons had a geographically wide-ranging nonliterate civilizational tradition—their technology, variety of art forms, the plan of their material existence, living styles, clothing manufactures, jewelry, burial traditions and techniques. Their civilizational reach went from today’s Russia to Spain, quite a transnational civilizational tradition, and in slow dynamic evolution: the arts, hunting techniques, lifestyles.
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