(urth) paleolithic, dendritic, and predendritic cultures

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Wed Apr 3 18:26:16 PDT 2013

I agree. For all we know, there were ages of all sorts of other things, 
like Organized Religion, Wooden Computers, and continentwide governments 
led by wise old hags. But all we really have to go by is tools: stone, 
bronze, iron, steel. And pottery and architecture and burial sites. 
These are inadequate but quite real. Wolfe's teasing hints about 
Gondwanaland fit right in.

On 4/3/2013 9:20 PM, António Pedro Marques wrote:
> No dia 04/04/2013, às 00:48, "Gerry Quinn" <gerry at bindweed.com> escreveu:
>> It may be that sometime between now and the twenty-ninth century or whenever, such a term will come into use, perhaps with regard to wood and forest based cultures.
>> Obviously the idea of stages/ages is a somewhat arbitrary taxonomy in any case; they are probably among the most 'socially constructed' of all scientific terms.
> I don't know about that. It sounds very plausible that human cultures remained mostly static until some invention came along, then moving to a different plateau. That's why terms like 'Iron Age' mean different times in different places. If anything, I find them much more objective than Antiquity, Classical Antiquity, Middle Ages.
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