Lost in faulty memory – hour 1

Written by on March 18, 2018


Well, the title, of this post, has a direct implication to two things: 1) I couldn’t remember what this playlist was about 2) Sometimes I take the crappiest of notes for myself. Then I noticed something, as I was taking a finer look at the playlist itself. It’s a continuation of the show; from a playlist perspective, of the show I was doing two weeks prior. Apparently I missed a week in June of last year, as the episode of Box of Chocolates originally streamed out across the black magic of the interwebz on June 18, 2017. The previous show was GREAT album openers and this playlist is more of that list. The rest of this post however is a continuation of the fictitious speech from The Story of B by Daniel Quinn


As I’ve pointed out again and again, the foundation thinkers of our culture imagined that Man had been born an agriculturist and a civilization-builder. When the thinkers of the nineteenth century were forced to revise this imagining, they did it this way: Man may not have been born an agriculturist and a civilization-builder, but he was nonetheless born to become an agriculturist and a civilization-builder. In other words, the man of that fiction known as prehistory came into our cultural awareness as a sort of very, very slow starter, and prehistory became a record of people making a very, very slow start at becoming agriculturists and civilization-builders.


If you need a tip-off to confirm this, consider the customary designation of prehistoric peoples as “Stone Age”; this nomenclature was chosen by people who didn’t doubt for a moment that stones were as important to these pathetic ancestors of ours as printing presses and steam locomotives were to the people of the nineteenth century. If you’d like to get an idea of how important stones were to prehistoric peoples, visit a modern “Stone Age” culture in New Guinea or Brazil, and you’ll see that stones are about as central to their lives as glue is to ours. They use stones all the time, of course—as we use glue all the time—but calling them Stone Age people makes no better sense than calling us Glue Age people.


The foundation thinkers of our culture envisioned the descent of Man this way:


The reluctant revisers of the nineteenth century emended the descent of Man to look like this:

Naturally, they didn’t hesitate to assume that the whole of the human story was all leading up to “Us”—the people of our culture—and this is the way it’s been taught in our schools ever since. Unfortunately, like so much of the thinking that was done at this point, this was so grotesquely false to facts to make flat-earth cranks look like intellectual giants


Here is how it must look if you begin by acknowledging the fact that the people of our culture are not the only humans on this planet:

This diagram reveals a split in humanity far more profound than the one we see dividing East and West. Here we see the split that occurred between those who experienced the Great Forgetting and those who did not.






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