My good friend Sakkie has a citrus and olive farm in the Cederberg area, Citrusdal, that will feature big time in our destinations.
On the farm, through a ravine and up onto a knoll, is a set of ‘bushmen’ paintings.
Nowadays we would refer to these peoples in a more politically correct sense as the Khoi or San people:
And so it should be, these cultures had survival skills that would be the envy of most corporate CEOs after the 2008 collapse of the Western banking systems.
It is fascinating to think how the human species evolved from hand paintings to landing rovers on asteroids a myriad miles away in deep space!
And South Africa seems to be one of the specific origins in Africa of who we are today as human beings.
Sakkie’s rock paintings therefore were in my mind as I was reading the article that prompted this article …
Taking an evolutionary stance, the absurdity of the language used by many academics in describing the mechanics of evolution never ceases to amaze.
I mean, read the article below:
The idea that cave men figured out that women with 45 degree spine curvature “… would have been able to forage longer into pregnancy with a reduced risk of spinal injury” and were thus more (or should be more) sexually attractive is absurd!
Natural selection (surviving the odds) would have favored women with a greater degree of spine curvature to forage longer and thereby pass on the genes resulting from being bashed on their heads with a club and dragged off into the deeper and darker parts of the cave by some primal hulk of a caveman …
Cave men just grabbed what they could whenever it was available, and the curved spine females had the greater chance of giving birth by foraging longer.
The cave men who were not attracted by the curved spine, that is they were less aroused when a curved spine walked by in the romantic flicker of flame in the cave, had a lesser chance of passing on their genes as the less curved spine females delivered fewer babies into the next generation.
I mean, hey there is a chick, naagh, I will pass – she has a curved spine and not worth the fight with that smelly hulk who wants it more than me!
In the same way giraffes did not have an indaba (meeting) in the grasslands to decide that they should have longer necks!
Much of the academic mainstream use of language to describe the mechanics of natural selection is poor, even if used at university level.
Just think of how a rock erodes, then apply the same thought to how Life has been sculpted by the forces of nature.
The greater the chances of a genes-set surviving at least until it reproduces the more its subsequent prevalence.
Whatever genes-set (both male and female) replicated into the next generation is the nature of its descendants … not, hey, I like that giraffe chick with the longer neck because it can forage higher!
Now whilst you sit around the fire deep into the night sipping brandy on Sakkie’s farm as he explains Life, it will all make much more sense …
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