* First, tribes: tough life.
* The defaults beyond the intimate tribe were violence, aversion to difference, and slavery. Superstition: everywhere.
* Culture overcomes them partially.
* Rainfall agriculture, which allows loners.
* Irrigation agriculture, which favors community.
* Division of labor plus exchange in trade bring mutual cooperation, even outside the tribe.
* The impulse is always there, though: "Kill or enslave the outsider."
* Gradual science from Athens' compact with reason.
* Division of labor, trade, the mastery of knowledge, plus time brought surplus, sometimes a peaceful extended order and, rules diversely evolved and, the cooperation of strangers - always warring against the fierce defaults of tribalism, violence, and ignorance.
* No one who teaches you knows what will happen.
The video (which is cooler) can be seen here, although you will need RealPlayer to see it.
Hmmmm.... I'm pretty sure there are anthropologists who would disagree with Kors' descriptions.
I once summarized human history for my 11-yr old son thus:
"Human history in a nutshell: I'm going to kick your ass and take your stuff." Time for us to move to the next level...
I am inclined to agree with "etbnc" - on both counts - yet it is a fun way to view one literate person's condensed view of what's happened .... so far
- Kare, movingfrommetowe.com