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COM 250 Factoids 1 - Reading #1: The Art and Symbols of Ice...

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Reading #1: The Art and Symbols of Ice Age Man by Alexander Marshack Factoids Thinking Points 1: Naming and the use of named images in communication is an evolved aspect of human culture and behavior and is not a normal aspect of chimpanzee culture and behavior. The chimpanzee capacity for such near-human behavior is apparently present, but since it is neither functional nor adaptive for chimpanzees in the wild, it has not been selected for evolutionary genetic development. 1: The evolution of human speech and written communication baffles me. I cannot really seem to grasp the fact that oral communication was not present from the beginning of our species’ existence and the vocabulary formed thereafter was a product of economic and cultural needs. 2: The naming of objects is a form of classification, differentiation, and consequently of description. This is possible only in a human context where such differentiations have become cultural and functional. 2: The text concerning the tracking of repetitive events or the length of animal pregnancies based on lunar cycles made me think about the creation of our calendar, which I think is based on solar cycles and the four seasons. 3: Images and symbols, according to this theory, were markers of periodic and continuous cultural processes, of rites, and of repetitive myths and stories, whereas notations of whatever sort were apparently means of recording the passage of time in terms of culturally significant events. 3: The figures of over-accentuated women are thought to possibly be fertility images, which would mean the people using them believed in one or a multiple number of gods. I wonder when in history people started to believe in high beings and share this communicated belief as a whole. If early humans had notions of gods, then they also probably thought about existence and creation to some extent as well; both ponderings would signify higher level thinking.
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Reading #2: A New Rosetta Stone by Richard Rudgley Factoids Thinking Points 1: The three main prerequisites for civilization – city dwelling, the formation of capital and the use of writing – are usually said to have first come together dramatically at Uruk. 1: The tokens that Denise Schmandt- Besserat studied and found to be part of an accounting system made me wonder how so many cultures and civilizations came to use the same method. I’ve heard before that peoples of the world seemed to have developed similar technologies around the same time period independent of each other, which is kind of bizarre. I guess the accounting system using tokens could have been passed along through trade routes too, though. 2: The [token] accounting system was also the prehistoric forerunner of both the archaic texts of Uruk and the development of a written numerical system. 2:
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