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En réalité chaque culture possède une histoire, sans que l'on puisse affirmer dans l'absolu qu'une culture soit plus ou moins avancée qu'une autre. « En vérité, il n'existe pas de peuples enfants ; tous sont adultes
The same can be said of biological evolution. More complex life forms are no more or less evolved than simpler ones. The simple life forms of today are very advanced compared to their ancestors (hundreds of) millions of years ago. The conventional representation of evolution with Man at the pinnacle, or of trophic dynamics as a "chain" or a pyramid is also wrong in the same way.

Maybe we need to convince the Serious people that the same is true of economic organization and that a less sophisticated economy is not necessarily less mature or in need of overhaul. We see what "financial innovation" has wrought.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 08:47:32 AM EST
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Well, man is little more than a local trend. Bacteria run the biomass show- even worms beat us.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 10:49:03 AM EST
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It is good to remember that bacteria rule this world and worms run it.

We are the pinnacle of... nothing.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 12:10:49 PM EST
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We are the pinnacle of... nothing.

Yet another myth paradigm to kick around.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 05:26:38 PM EST
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More complex technology doe snto mean more complex sexual relation, world view or kinship structure.

More complex technology and economy means just that, more complex technology...and, as you say and I now steal, less complex does not mean less mature. Sometimes more complex means less robust...

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 12:18:25 PM EST
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kcurie:
Sometimes more complex means less robust...
Always, always...

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 12:20:36 PM EST
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I know a couple of exceptions :)

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Nov 4th, 2009 at 01:43:30 PM EST
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