That Colin Groves tries to make the case that it wasn’t walking upright, tool-use, memory or brain to body ratio or sophisticated language that originally distinguised us from the other animals
It is likely that, like other major inventions, the mastery of fire was driven by necessity, under acute environmental pressures associated with the descent from warm Pliocene climate to Pleistocene, which involved global temperature oscillations
Life burning other life, that’s what humans are with fire.
He keeps throwing these seemingly random charts in with the text
That’s a dangerous subject there. No wonder you only know about rosy-cheeked Jane Goodall.
We take this for granted
Fire allowed humans to migrate to harsh climate zones.
If you wanted to “dip out” of your society all you needed was the knowledge of how to start a fire and the will to live somewhere harsh and cold. “Thanks, I’ll be leaving now, I know how to start a fire so see ya later.”
After all that now there’s nowhere to go. Might explain modern malaise to some extent.
Language and fire were humanity’s two most significant achievements for Darwin.
This shaped us in the beginning
the delay of gratification required during cooking, precautionary measures of avoiding burn and fire-spreading
It’s almost like redirecting and focusing sunlight
utilization of solar energy stored by photosynthesis in plants
Same thing for burning animal fat.
Similar to our own, in both Native American and Polynesian myth, fire was something that was stolen. Why do you think that was? Because that’s how older societies that were left behind saw it? “That was ours first before you left!” Groves says this is perplexing, yes it is.
This is his theory
captivated by the flickering life-like dance of the flames, humans developed imagination, insights, cravings, fears, premonitions of death and thereby aspirations of immortality, omniscience, omnipotence and concepts of supernatural being, or gods.
It seems somewhat deducible from the fact that one tends to be quiet and distracted on hunts. And then when you consider the most cognitive species are from colder places, one imagines they found themselves in front of a fire in their idle time
Agamben has a book that draws on this theme. He says all literature is a memory of the loss of the fire.
You’d need a real special type of fire to migrate from this society to the moon.
Remember, the book in question was written by a primatologist. He wrote it near the end of his life. He says the major expansion out of Africa followed cold temperatures caused by volcanic ash blocking out the sun.
The ‘Volcanic winter’ effects of Toba may have reduced populations to levels low enough for ‘founder effects’, where local adaptations produced rapid differentiation
So ash led to Egypt, which led, just across the Med, to Greece? Maybe it was that cold temperature that allowed them to cross the Sahara. 9000 years ago the Sahara was green with lakes. Egyptian history begins about 3150 BC.
Fire kind of explains everything. For most of our history with it any of the exceptional ones from any of the races could’ve moved somewhere cold to get away from their backward society. Some did, some didn’t. They remained the same or they changed. Some kept their mouth shut and accepted the breeding stock of their backward society. Sound familiar to anyone? The seastead is a new type of fire, that’s why I formulate about that too. All these junkers that have evolved to keep their mouth shut that I have to deal with.