Manuports

It is thought that this is earliest example of a art object, that we know of….its 3 million years old, and was found in a cave along with basic tools of  some  Australopithecus afarensis

it was not like any of the rocks where it was found, but mineral evidence suggests that it was found in a river bed  30 km away and carried by one of our ancestors, who recognized the face in it, liked it and decided to carry it home….this is evidence of our having abstract thoughts and imagination at this early time….

Obviously this was not the first time we recognized ourselves in the world, but the first time we are vaguely aware that we were capable of this, in our pre homo sapian world…

what about before this  evidence even, surely we looked at our early faces in a stream and wondered who we were, at least, or spotted a mole on our mates hairy ass, that looked exactly like a bird,  until we were chased away by some more immediate need or danger that is…

archaeologists have been going mad looking for the missing link on our journey from ape to man, but it is all missing links…perhaps our earlier ancestors picked up some semi-fossilized piece of the puzzle, sat and wondered about, before tossing it into the bush, never to be found…with no idea that we would spend lifetimes scratching at the dirt in search of these clues millions of years later…

what will the highly evolved light being version of ourselves think of our crude search?



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2 Responses to Manuports

  1. Terminator E says:

    Note the hole in wilson’s temple… scientists say that cavepeople practiced trepanation, opening holes in the skull. it is possible that in drilling holes into their heads they were opening up a sort of ‘Second Nose”, to smell inwards towards their soul? CAT scans of caveman skulls reveal enlarged olfactory lobes. Capacity for speech was limited to musical grunts and clicks, which served as a sort of caption to indicate the context for a particular scent emission, and odours carried the bulk of the information in caveman discourse.

    Eventually, after experiencing the limitations imposed by their skulls, the cavepeople wanted MORE, it was basic instinct for them to try to open up their heads. The effort led to the development of the bow drill, which happened to turn Fire into something that anybody could make anywhere; you didn’t have to keep one going in the cave all the time…

  2. Urvater says:

    Beautiful! I recognize this person! It’s Wilson, from the 2000 film Cast Away with Tom Hanks. The film is about a modern Robinson Crusoe character who alone survives an air crash on a desert island. He’s there a long time, goes fairly nuts. But one thing that brings him through is his very best and indispensable friend Wilson: a soccer ball that also survived the crash. (The Wilson brand name was on the ball.) Wilson gradually accumulated human physical characteristics (painted face, hair, etc) as well as human emotional characteristics. Wilson’s developments often came in rather a trance state that would come to the isolated castaway. One main aspect of the man’s survival was that he felt as much responsibility for Wilson as he did for himself. He and Wilson both had to get through this. In fact, at one critical point, the man risks his life in an attempt to save Wilson in the water.
    Now, maybe not relevant, but, mountaineers in extreme situations have more than once reported the arrival of a kind of mystical second-self that accompanies them. The great solo Everest summiteer, Reinhold Messner, had a second self floating in the air beside him, I think, for days, when he was alone on Everest. Even in low-level (Canadian Rockies) rock climbing, on a couple of occasions, when I thought I was really going to come off the face and fall to my death, I would have a very vivid image, or, rather, sense, very close beside me, of myself. A self that was not going to die. A self that would climb out of the situation. This second self was beyond the best climber that I could be without him. It was HIS climbing that got me out of the situation. I mever could have done it alone. When the really amazing and saving climbing started, it was as though I was watching HIM do the climbing.
    And didn’t Joseph Conrad explore the phenomenon of the double? I forget the name of the novel that, I think, goes into this. Anway, I think it’s a phenomenon that has been known and studied.
    I can easily imagine that such second people hanging around might have been really important in the experience of being a small itinerant group of wandering hunters. Especially maybe somebody who was right there in person before the Urochs crushed en, and now is left only as a kind of residual rock symbol.
    And my girlfriend is currently away for some weeks. When I water her plants, I find myself talking to them rather as I might to her. And, true, I am going strange. But hey, this happens, eh?
    Yes. We’re surrounded by other people in many forms or even not forms. And I bet some of them are still Neanderthal or other!