The, or a, semantic apocalypse: The Insularis

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« on: April 24, 2013, 06:22:49 pm »
Quote from: Callan S.
Here's an idea - a semantic apocalypse already occured. At some point in ancient history there was a fracture in just trying to be 'right' in the eyes of all men. There were just too many men, too many circumstances the fractured right in too many ways. The bead of water, the maintaining surface tension, is overwhelmed. Is burst.

Many fell in what might be called cronic depression. Perhaps that's what made the human population drop to 2K at one point in Africa (or so scientists seem to have suggested had occured, after looking at genetic patterns)

Or less dramatically, cronic depression, the incapacity to escape pounding hammer after hammer of failure and wrong, simply made for a crippling. A liability laboured under. Slowing.

Until the capacity to simply think oneself right, despite observation, came to light. Or rather than despite it all, from the outside it might be called more an insulation between the observable and the subjects own measure of their right and wrong.

Perhaps a mildly sociopathic development.

Suddenly the hammers are gone. The liability gone. The capacity for survival increased. The genes for it, spread.

The books magic population number for connect/disconnect from gods, I found pretty bogus at first. But over time, in thinking of parralel applications in somewhat similar ideas, I wonder.

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 06:22:55 pm »
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Well, not to say that you are wrong, but the human population bottleneck was likely caused by a catastrophic volcanic eruption IIRC.

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 06:23:02 pm »
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Probably, Jorge! But when there are fun ideas like Disciple Manning's photographic memory is actually a throwback - that everyone had it once upon a time, but it was...counter to propagation.

Mines just another 'retardation for fitness efficiency' theory.

Do the researchers have some parralels in grazing animal populations or such from the time, to suggest a volcano/massive and perpetuated ash cloud effect?

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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013, 06:23:08 pm »
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I think layers of ash in the ground give evidence for where and when the eruption occurred and how strong it was, and then that is correlated with the time of decreased genetic diversity.

This is apparently the event in question: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toba_catastrophe_theory