gregkavarnos wrote:My personal contact with Southern Australian Aboriginal culture, a culture with a 60,000 year oral history.tobes wrote:I take your point that some pre-industrial cultures might have demonstrated some kind of reflective awareness. But the majority? Going back 20,000 years? Your source for this theory?
You live in the US of A don't you? Why don't you take a trip out to a reserve or some sort of info centre for American Indians in your region and they'll fill you in on some details too. There are also quite a few books, both anthropological and autobiographical, by and about American Indian culture with this type of info.
I live in Southern Australia, and have a huge admiration for indigenous cultures. I emphasise the s - it is not one culture. Anthropologists are generally not in the business of generalising a complex 60,000 year social history via personal contact with a contemporary manifestation of that.
In any case, even if you're right about Aboriginal food habits (and I can definitely see where you're coming from) that is one personal encounter with one ancient social group - hardly a solid foundation to be making sweeping grandiose claims about how all humans ate over tens of thousands of years.
Surely we both need to acknowledge that we're making wild assumptions on this question....