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Anvilik Eskimos who believe that ivory conceals a vocal subject are in error, just as are Plains Indians if they believe that they can engage in a verbal dialogue with a horse. But both the Eskimo and Indian, by assuming subjectivity in the ivory and horse, establish contact with a truth about reality that mythic behavior obscures but does not negate. They correctly assume that there is a «Way» about ivory and horses, which they must try to understand and to whose claims they must respond with insight and awareness. They assume that this «Way» is an ensemble of qualitative features — indeed, as Pythagoras was to see, of form that every object uniquely possesses.

By no means is it clear that such Neolithic techniques as pottery, weaving, metallurgy, food cultivation, and new means of transportation altered in any qualitative sense the values of usufruct, complementarity, and the irreducible minimum that prevailed in hunting-gathering societies. The historic problem of technics lies not in its size or scale, its «softness» or «hardness,» much less the productivity or efficiency that earned it the naive reverence of earlier generations; the problem lies in how we can contain (that is, absorb) technics within an emancipatory society. Some of the most dehumanizing and centralized social systems were fashioned out of very «small» technologies; but bureaucracies, monarchies, and military forces turned these systems into brutalizing cudgels to subdue humankind and, later, to try to subdue nature. To be sure, a large-scale technics will foster the development of an oppressively large-scale society; but every warped society follows the dialectic of its own pathology of domination, irrespective of the scale of its technics. It can organize the «small» into the repellent as surely as it can imprint an arrogant sneer on the faces of the elites who administer it.

Its stability, given its potentialities and what Aristotle called its «entelechy,» is an end in itself, just as the function of a beehive is to produce bees. A climax ecosystem brings to rest for a time the interrelationships that comprise it. By contrast, the social realm raises the objective possibility of freedom and self-consciousness as the superadded function of stability. The human community, at whatever level it comes to rest, remains incomplete until it achieves uninhibited volition and self-consciousness, or what we call freedom — a complete state, I should add, that is actually the point of departure for a new beginning. But social ecology provides more than a critique of the split between humanity and nature; it also poses the need to heal them.

No less important is the fo rm of the socialization process itself, which intimately shapes the mentality and sensibility of the young. In Hegel’s mature ontology, alienation as «otherness» is the Selbstentiiusserung, or «self-detachment,» of Spirit-the unfolding concretization of its potentialities into self-consciousness. Self-detachment is not committed to antagonism as much as it is to wholeness, fullness, and completeness. Hegel’s concept of transcendence (aufhebung) never advances a notion of outright annihilation.

Radioactive decay

There are some people who believe that getting wealth is the object of household management and the whole idea of their lives is that they ought either to increase their money without limit, at any rate not to lose it. The origin of this disposition in men is that they are intent upon living only, and not upon living well; and, as their desires are unlimited, they also desire that the means of gratifying them should be without limit. Schjelderup-Ebbe, who discovered the pecking-order of hens, enlarged his findings to a Teutonic theory of despotism in the universe.

The largest single problem we face, however, is not strictly technical; indeed, the problem may well be that we regarded these new biotic techniques as mere technologies. What we have not recognized clearly are the social, cultural, and ethical conditions that render our biotic substitutes for industrial technologies ecologically and philosophically meaningful. We must also arrest the ravaging and simplification of the human spirit, of human personality, of human community, of humanity’s idea of the «good,» and humanity’s own fecundity within the natural world.

Seven Continents

Some of these eroded mountain belts may be pushed up again through block faulting—in which enormous blocks of rock are uplifted and tilted along steep faults. A genetic technique that uses mutations in a population’s genome as a sort of «clock» says the first common ancestor of Native Americans lived about 20,000 years ago. So if there were indeed earlier settlers, it could be they made an arduous migration from Siberia, only to die out without leaving any descendants. Holen, with the Center for American Paleolithic Research, says these early people could have come across in boats. And the way the hammerstones and bones were distributed in the ground doesn’t look natural. «It’s an outlier in terms of what archaeological sites from that time range look like everywhere else on the planet.» He suggests these bones might have been broken up by natural causes — by a mudflow, perhaps, or by the trampling of animals sometime after the mastodon died.

The word property connotes an individual appropriation of goods, a personal claim to tools, land, and other resources. Conceived in this loose sense, property is fairly common in organic societies, even in groups that have a very simple, undeveloped technology. By the same token, cooperative work and the sharing of resources on a scale that could be called communistic is also fairly common.

My point here is that substance and its properties are not separable from life. Henri Bergson’s conception of the biosphere as an «entropy reduction» factor, in a cosmos that is supposedly moving toward greater entropy or disorder, would seem to provide life with a cosmic rationale for existence. That life forms may have this function need not suggest that the universe has been exogenously «designed» by a supernatural demiurge. But it does suggest that «matter» or substance has inherent self-organizing properties, no less valid than the mass and motion attributed to it by Newtonian physics.

After decades of controversy, the vast majority of scientists came to accept the theory of continental drift as explained by plate tectonics. Hublin says these individuals were not “modern humans” like us, but a slightly earlier form of Homo sapiens, one with a less developed brain and perhaps other differences in its DNA. And he says these differences between us and them are proof that evolution occurs over a gradient. It also shows the biggest evolutionary change we’ve undergone in the past 300,000 years is in the size of our brains. In addition, «the fundamental changes in Earth’s surface environments triggered by continental emergence were also critical to the development of some of the world’s most important ore deposits,» Mulder said. «For example, Earth’s largest iron ore deposits formed in the shallow seas surrounding newly emergent continental crust. Our study will help towards developing the next generation of models for understanding the formation and location of metallic ore deposits that underpin modern society.»

The «Radiocarbon Revolution»

Bioregional requirements and possibilities place a heavy burden on humanity’s claims of sovereignty over nature and autonomy from its needs. If it is true that «men make history» but not under conditions of their own choosing (Marx), it is no less true that history makes society but not under conditions of its own choosing. Our ecosystems, in turn, are interlinked in highly dynamic and complex bioregions. How concrete the hidden dimension of social development is — and how much humanity’s claims to sovereignty must defer to it — has only recently become evident from our need to design an alternative technology that is as adaptive to a bioregion as it is productive to society. Hence, our concept of wholeness is not a finished tapestry of natural and social relations that we can exhibit to the hungry eyes of sociologists. It is a fecund natural history, ever active and ever changing — the way childhood presses toward and is absorbed into youth, and youth into adulthood.

Genetic Isolation and Evolution

To answer this question, several creation geologists and physicists came together to form the RATE research initiative (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth). This multi-year research project engaged in several different avenues of study, and found some fascinating results. That’s why geologists use other radioisotope dating methods with really slow decay rates (long half-lives) to claim great ages for rocks and, hence, the earth. These include the 40K-40Ar (potassium-argon), 40Ar-39Ar (argon-argon), 87Rb-87Sr (rubidium-strontium), 147Sm-143Nd (samarium-neodymium), U-Pb (uranium-lead), and the 206Pb-207Pb (lead-lead) dating methods. To say that they were «basically» impelled by «economic factors» of which they were unconscious-by a hidden «economic» dialectic of historyassumes that these economic factors actually prevail when their very existence or authority over human affairs has yet to be proven.

For example, if the measured abundance of 14C and 14N in a bone are equal, one half-life has passed and the bone is 5,730 years old (an amount equal to the half-life of 14C). If there is three times less 14C than 14N in the bone, two half lives have passed and the sample is 11,460 years old. However, if the bone is 70,000 years or older the amount of 14C left in the bone will be too small to measure accurately. Thus, radiocarbon dating is only useful for measuring things that were formed in the relatively recent geologic past. Luckily, there are methods, such as the commonly used potassium-argon (K-Ar) method, that allows dating of materials that are beyond the limit of radiocarbon dating (Table 1).