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Sunday August 11th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    You got the Pleistocene. A Period of repeated glaciations. Cold from both the poles slowly advanced and slowly retreated and as it did so it slowly changed local conditions. The Pleistocene began around two and a quarter million years ago and the professionals will suggest that it came to an end about twelve thousand years ago. What is certain, we people are creatures that emerged from the Pleistocene. And the question is why on earth did we do so well.  I mean look at us compared to something like a Domestic Cat we might just as well be a Daddy Long Legs, and yet we very quickly populated every type of environment the planet had to offer, and unlike Domestic Cats we didn't hitch rides on sailing ships, we built sailing ships or walked. The answer to the question has less to do with our being opposite thumb possessing primates and more to do with an adaption which resulted in us being able to learn from our experiences, put that learning into a form that we could hand on to the next generations of our species. In this year of 2019, the planet on the cusp of a vast new adventure, and there are some in our midst who would rather greet the adventure by arguing that the way forward for us is to do away with diversity within our midst. They see nothing even remotely useful or exciting or productive in the differences between us. Tempting to think this dumbass monopolistic tendency a genetic flaw, but that would be an error of understanding, a non-problem solving solution to impasse so well characterized by the US Senate, the world's least deliberative body.

 

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    Better to place the debate within a wider context that some have usefully described with the words "Non-kin Sharing." It can be argued that trade, the exchange of goods as opposed to stealing goods and services, is an example of non-kin sharing. And too it's perfectly possible to suppose that a non-kin sharing of some sort may occasionally occur between a secondary caregiver and two so called Domesticated Felines, but that's a bit of a hot spot at the moment so best not raise some of the more appalling sharing failures that far too often interrupt the smooth flow of this particular non-kin relationship. It's also true that Domestic Cats aren't actually kin, their survival technique is primarily posited upon abject cuteness around cardboard boxes during their formative years. And I'd argue this is more likely a genetic component than it is a long hard draw on bodies of  experience, verbalized and bundled into bodies of knowledge, which are then recorded in Cathedrals of knowledge, which can be handed down through the generations with an authority that can be described as institutional and which as a result becomes a version of truth around which minds cleave upon the off chance of finding a degree of solace, rather than anything that might actually be real. As a snowflake in good standing, I think it worth thinking of "Non-kin sharing" as a central part of the success of our species, and worth noting that monopolistic tendencies, such as racism, are one of the prime causes of inequality leading to both internal and international violent unrest in our world. Either way, given their reaction to the word "diversity" the terms employed in today's entry are pretty much guaranteed to further piss off the more rightward leaning in our number.

 

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