The range of views in popular anthropology could be summarised as a list of hypotheses on where culture comes from. Some views gain dominance in turn, each imposing its paradigm on science or culture, or both. Nature, gods, heroes, ancestors, evolution, technology, Phoenicians, subconscious, secret societies, aliens, mutants, astronomy, drugs, trance, or a super race?
The building blocks of culture are the five abstract layers, like the building blocks of nature are elements, their properties, combinations, and reactions; from indestructible electrons to fragile self-replicating creatures. Our replications or ‘creations’ are equally over-determined.
It requires a high population density, specialization, and specialized equipment to turn visions into theory, and tests, and results, applications, technology, production, sales, and profit. Without all these enablers, new knowledge would gain little currency, and remain ‘secret’. Most people, including scientists, see the maturity cycle of material culture as ‘evolution’ in cognitive ability or consciousness, which it is not
The sequence of archetypes in the Stonehenge landscape (as revealed by excavations and radar) is listed here, noting archetypal features.
Criss-crossing trapezium lines form a kind of ‘forest’ over the core area of the Nazca geoglyphs. The character figures are in continuous-line format, indicating a well-developed style, perhaps based on textile weaving crafts, or to enable processions. Their ecological themes speak of climate change. Here is the peripheral sequence of characters in the Nazca core area is (noting archetypal features).
The only scientific and thus funded studies of esoterica, are of the economical and political effects of craft societies, such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and the Bavarian Illuminati in Europe and the USA. Most popular studies of esoterica, in contrast, are too broad... Continue Reading →
Cape of Good hope early Dutch settlement, later named Cape Town (after Lloydthomas.org. Stoneprint labels and axial grid by Edmond Furter). A Dutch harbour, water source, and vegetable garden on the sea route to India, soon grew into Cape of Good... Continue Reading →
Prof Emmanuel Anati (2004) had noted a combination of innate compulsion, and communicative development in rock art, linked to economic complexity levels. However he also noted that some stylistic elements seemed cyclic. Anati’s challenge to the World Archive of Rock Art (WARA)... Continue Reading →
The primary natural expression of structure is in speciation (Tressider 1999). A lion is a lion, a bull is a bull, expressing coherent clusters of attributes. Some animals are universally recognised as archetypes. The animal kingdom offers analogies to other natural features (weather,... Continue Reading →