Re: Old Tools

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 03 Mar 1997 20:23:40 -0500

Robin Hanson wrote:
> So perhaps are big recent leap was in social, not physical,
> technology. We social technology specialists would like to think so!

Well, just as Gutenburg's press is credited with jump starting the
enlightenment, a stable community structure and inherited language would
allow for each generation to stand on the technological shoulders of its
predecessors, as a shamanistic class would develop a verbal history and
record of technology. The development of language allowed cooperation on
a tribal scale in many activities involving complex tool use with multi
stage resource processing, that could be remembered and passed on to
further generations for further improvement.


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