Re: THEOLOGY: Extropianism & Theology

Anders Sandberg (
01 Mar 1999 21:47:02 +0100 (Harvey Newstrom) writes:

> Anders Sandberg <> wrote:
> > Doesn't exactly explain the situation during the stone age. Why bury
> > flowers with the dead? Did somebody sell them?
> Actually, the answer might be as simple as putting good smelling flowers
> to cover the bad smelling dead body.

Far too few, and the point is that they were *buried* with them - that would have fixed the odor.

> Buring the tools with the dead also might have a simple explanation.
> The default mode was to keep a person's possessions with the person. It
> would be natural to keep their tools with the dead body. It would take
> a higher level of reasoning to decide that they didn't need the tools
> anymore. We shouldn't question why tools were buried with the dead, as
> if this were an exceptional thing to do. I think this would have been
> the normal procedure, and the custom of not burying the tools with the
> dead became the new exception later on.

OK. But note the elaborate burial methods, which eventually became extremely complex (as the megaliths witness).

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