Explaining Human Origins: Myth, Imagination and Conjecture by Wiktor Stoczkowski

By Wiktor Stoczkowski

The writer argues that theories of human origins built via archaeologists and actual anthropologists from the early 19th century to the current day are structurally just like Western folks theories, and to the speculations of past philosophers. Reviewing a amazing diversity of thinkers writing in a number of ecu languages, he criticizes the shortcoming of improvement in theories of human origins, yet concludes confidently that the ability of the clinical strategy will carry extra trustworthy theories--only whether it is aware of the bags it incorporates over from well known discourse.

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Prehistorians often deplore the ignorance of the public, and express their surprise that even those who seem interested in the past are prone to accept the most unsound ideas. Yet the struggle of humans against dinosaurs, a very popular image in Europe as well, could be considered not simply as the manifestation of ignorance, but also as a kind of knowledge – one that is erroneous. An erroneous idea does not become less absurd merely for being shared by half the population; it becomes nevertheless interesting as a social phenomenon.

Brongniart : .  Rupke : –.  Buckland .  Stoczkowski . g. Lenoble : .  Bayanov and Bourtsev .  Explaining human origins far from confirming ancient intuitions, archaeology may have become their victim. Had Lucretius been right? In truth, there are few ideas so unsound that there cannot be at least a few facts to confirm them. Hence the need to look for disconfirmatory evidence, if one really wants to subject an idea to critical examination. The idea of the caveman, to take just one example, was put to the test not by excavations in caves, which could bring only confirmation of it, but by counter-evidence found outside caves.

The nature of this encounter between the imaginary and the factual is much more obscure than might be thought. CHAPTER  Anthropogenesis and science THE IMAGINARY ENCOUNTERS THE FACTUAL L’´evolution ne tire pas ses nouveaut´es du n´eant. Elle travaille sur ce qui existe d´ej`a, soit qu’elle transforme un syst`eme ancien pour lui donner une fonction nouvelle, soit qu’elle combine plusieurs syst`emes pour en e´ chafauder un autre plus complexe. F.  Prehistorians often deplore the ignorance of the public, and express their surprise that even those who seem interested in the past are prone to accept the most unsound ideas.

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