Archive for June 17, 2012
I saw a story in the news yesterday that played on one of my longstanding obsessions. I am fascinated by the intersections between science, history, religion, and politics. These things join in a way that offers a sense of perspective and a host of questions about what truly matters. I’ve written about this before. I’m likely to again.
This particular news story is the kind of thing that passes as niche trivia, the sort of story of interest only to people in a narrow field, or to hobbyists who dabble in that field. That’s a shame, because it truly is something of cosmic importance to how we think about ourselves and the things we value. Our sense of values, in turn, determines what we spend our money on, what we spend effort worrying about, how we vote, what we worship, and where we are going as a culture, a nation, and as a world.
Here is the article. If you don’t want to click the link, the short version is that new testing techniques have shown some cave art to be much older than had previously been thought. Some is more than forty thousand years old.
Okay, that’s very obscure. Let me tell you why it matters. (more…)