History from the Stone Age – to the Stoned Age.

Teen girls with mobile phones

Man has actually endured and survived through millennium after millennium without television, cell phones, iPads, and tweeting…

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The Paleolithic Age, Era or Period is a prehistoric period of human history distinguished by the development of the most primitive stone tools discovered (Grahame Clark’s Modes I and II), and covers roughly 99% of human technological prehistory. It extends from the earliest known use of stone tools, probably by hominins such as australopithecines, 2.6 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene around 10,000 BP. The Paleolithic era is followed by the Mesolithic.

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The date of the Paleolithic—Mesolithic boundary may vary by locality as much as several thousand years. During the Paleolithic, humans grouped together in small societies such as bands, and subsisted by gathering plants and fishing, hunting or scavenging wild animals.

making knapped tools

The Paleolithic is characterized by the use of knapped stone tools, although at the time humans also used wood and bone tools. Other organic commodities were adapted for use as tools, including leather and vegetable fibers; however, due to their nature, these have not been preserved to any great degree. Surviving artifacts of the Paleolithic era are known as paleoliths. Humankind gradually evolved from early members of the genus Homo such as Homo habilis – who used simple stone tools – into fully behaviorally and anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) during the Paleolithic era. During the end of the Paleolithic, specifically the Middle and or Upper Paleolithic, humans began to produce the earliest works of art and engage in religious and spiritual behavior such as burial and ritual.

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(John Lubbock).

The term “Paleolithic” was coined by archaeologist John Lubbock in 1865. It derives from Greek: παλαιός, palaios, “old”; and λίθος, lithos, “stone”, literally meaning “old age of the stone” or “Old Stone Age.”

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The Neolithic Era, or Period, from νέος (néos, “new”) and λίθος (líthos, “stone”), or New Stone age, was a period in the development of human technology, beginning about 10,200 BC, according to the ASPRO chronology in some parts of the Middle East, and later in other parts of the world and ending between 4,500 and 2,000 BC.

Stonehenge - Paleolithic

Traditionally considered the last part of the Stone Age, the Neolithic followed the terminal Holocene Epipaleolithic period and commenced with the beginning of farming, which produced the “Neolithic Revolution”. It ended when metal tools became widespread (in the Copper Age or Bronze Age; or, in some geographical regions, in the Iron Age).

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The Neolithic is a progression of behavioral and cultural characteristics and changes, including the use of wild and domestic crops and of domesticated animals. (Source, Wikipedia).

Through the copper, bronze, and iron age, “man” made monumental advances in technology and to his social life. Through social interaction, man not only conquered the environment, (more importantly), he came to understand responsibility.

(Sidebar).

According to Webster: “re·spon·si·bil·i·ty,” A duty, obligation, or burden.

Continuing…

Bowing to time constraints, (yours and mine), at this point I choose to move ahead in history and deal with the second half of the title of today’s offering; …

the stoned age - graphic

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..and/or, the age of irresponsibility.

irresponsible

(It’s not my fault). 

Question: Why is half of the greatest most powerful nation on the planet standing in line waiting for a free lunch?

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Barack and Michelle partying

(Barack and Michelle Obama). 

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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