SCIENCE, THAT IS—often used in quotation form to end any argument. But—
does a scientific ‘fact’ last?
“…The world’s oldest fish-hooks, approximately 23,000 years old, have been found in a cave …
Researchers say the fish-hooks, made from the shells of sea snails … show the development of fishing technology at an earlier stage than previously thought and more widespread than previously known.
Humans are believed to have moved offshore to Okinawa and its sister islands about 50,000 years ago …”
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I like the use of the word ‘believed’ there. It adds a human element—we humans are expected to be fallible, gullible, and facts elusive. The world was flat once, they told us. Now it’s a ball weighing millions of gillions of tons but effortlessly floating about in empty nothingness. Sure it is … and lacking alternatives, I actually believe that. For now.
But the definitive statement here—obviously by a journalist, and an unthinking one at that—is what catches the eye this time “… the world’s oldest fish hooks …” and I wonder how many kids in school will get top marks for quoting it? (If their teachers are up with the play—otherwise they’ll get growled at for being fanciful.)
I ALSO PONDER
- How did those clever Okinawans actually get there ‘50,000 years ago’?
- Were they born there?
- Did they swim there? (Naaaah …)
- Did they walk there?
- Did they drift there like bubbles, at the whim of the ocean breeze?
- Did they navigate there?
- How? With what maps? Charts? By whom?
Fifty thousand years ago our ancestors were peering fearfully out of caves (we are told). The idea of anything other than an accident (you know how it is, drifting on a lilo at the beach when an offshore breeze comes up) seems a bit fanciful. (your lilo) ——>
I think the same forces that got the Polynesians all over the vast reaches of the Pacific (I do mean ‘all’) (and vast) may have been at work. Whatever they were …
Perhaps science can tell us?