Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods kindle ✓ 320 pages

doc ´ Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods ✓ James David Lewis-Williams

Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the GodsTterns hardwired into the brain help explain the art and society that Neolithic people produced Drawing on the latest research the authors skillfully link material on human consciousness imagery and religious concepts to propose provocative new theories about the causes of an ancient revolution in cosmology and the origins of social complexity In doing so they create a fascinating neurological bridge to the mysterious thought lives of the past and reveal the essence of a momentous period in human history 100 illustrations 20 in color A hard turd forced out by two vein faced bigots One straining the other pressing down on his gut It purports to apply the findings of neuroscience to the archaeological remains of the Neolithic In reality it claims religion to be the result of hallucinations and they propose in it’s place a religion of their own devising called Science The book is marred by boasting pride and arrogance They make grandiose claims about how their thinking is much better than anyone else’s Yet their reasoning is fundamentally flawedTake pages 78 9 They criticise the ‘functionalist’ explanation of ritual pig slaughter in Pacific societies that it is to regulate the pig population They call this a tautology and descriptive rather than explanatory “The function of x is to do what it does” They claim to be breaking out of the tautology by explaining that serial burials in the Near East were done to help the dead Can’t they see that their explanation is just as functional? Their problem is that in their materialistic conception of the world slaughtering pigs controls their numbers but the dead don’t need to be helped If you think the dead need to be helped then doing something for them is just as functional They say that helping the dead was done for mythological reasons Maybe they had myths about how the dead would come back and get them if they weren’t serially buried Maybe the Pacific societies had stories about what the pigs would do if there were too many of them The problem is that the authors’ religious beliefs are intruding into the argument They believe that too many pigs is a problem but they’re not afraid of ghostsLook I believe in the Big Bang I believe that it’s an event that has actually happened I could tell you a story about how it happened That story would be a myth an attempt to explain in narrative some fundamental truth about the universe that explains the way it is I could tell you the same story using a precise language like mathematics It would still be a myth Just because it’s a myth doesn’t mean it isn’t trueHow can two people lacking even a basic self awareness hope to start their own religion? Or are they aware that their arguments are faulty? Do they have so little respect for the reader that they think we won’t notice? Is this a scam?I’m particularly angry because the book claims to be about the Neolithic I wanted to read a book about that If I’d wanted the nasty views of two horrible bigots I’d have logged on to Twitter

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Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods kindle ✓ 320 pages Ý What do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland? How can the concepts of birth dWhat do the headless figures found in the famous paintings at Catalhoyuk in Turkey have in common with the monumental tombs at Newgrange and Knowth in Ireland? How can the concepts of birth death and wild cast light on the archaeological enigma of the domestication of cattle? What generated the revolutionary social change that ended the Upper Palaeolithic?David Lewis Williams's previous book The Mind in the Cave dealt with the remarkable Upper Palaeolithic paintings carvings and engravings of western Europe Here Dr Lewis Williams and The first third of the book stayed fresh and the premise was new and interesting and the details of the Mesopotamian archaeological sites were detailed and engrossing However once the authors shifted to descriptions of the Celtic Neolithic structures in England Brittany Wales and Ireland there was a repetitiveness to the presentation of details and explication of the books' premise about the Neolithic mind's predisposition to generate a cosmology that encompassed a multi tiered reality to which dream matter pertainedThere was a good deal of seeming science in a discussion about how the Neolithic mind was neurologically this and that and it just sounded wrong How can anyone really know? Essentially Neolithic minds were similar to present day minds and it was only inexperience and ignorance from a contemporary point of view that lent significance to the hallucinatory dream stuff that they perceived as being wholly a part of the tangible world in which they existed This developed into a dreamvision encompassing multi tiered cosmology normally in a vertical ladder like fashion and it came to dominate Neolithic societies a consciousness contract Those with access to the higher dream states of reality assumed positions of power and eventually this began to metastasize into a religious hierarchy While such societal structures were alluded to and somewhat speculated about there was no real evidence offered or examples givenThe authors solidly present time after time evidence of structures representing the underlying schema of cosmological thought but it grew wearisome in the final chapters to hear how this and that stone arrangement must have meant this or that The Neolithic revolution which occurred in a period 10000 to 5000 years ago saw man shifting from migratory hunting and gathering groups into larger and solidly settled animal using agrarian societies At the near end of that period 5000 years ago man is on the verge of the societies that became the basis of the Egyptian and Mesopotamian empires that dominated the near east 3500 years ago From foragers to farmers to conuering empires I'm not sure the authors did little than explain a single aspect of this evolution and it was inevitably frustrating to see that so much of the book was about proving over and over this single point

James David Lewis-Williams ✓ Inside the Neolithic Mind Consciousness Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods ePub

David Pearce examine the intricate web of belief myth and society in the succeeding Neolithic period arguably the most significant turning point in all human history when agriculture became a way of life and the fractious society that we know today was bornThe authors focus on two contrasting times and places the beginnings in the Near East with its mud brick and stone houses each piled on top of the ruins of another and western Europe with its massive stone monuments ancient than the Egyptian pyramidsThey argue that neurological pa This was not the correct book for me There was the most passing reference to something possibly neurological and then the rest of the book having taken this supposition as given just extrapolated wildly I don't have the archaeological background to know how safe it is to interpret the evidence as they did and even so I'm not sure exactly what I gained from following along with their arguments There were a few interesting points here and there one of the larger theses was that claiming that people began a practice because of its benefits is a bit backwards since they didn't know the benefits until they tried it I'm not sure how to evaluate how well humans would have been able to predict possible benefits of a practice but judging by humans today I'd buy it However they then went on to scarcely ever mention that thesis and spent most of their time on other less interesting or compelling things