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[Update]: I've re-read the book since I wrote this review. It's as good as I remember it, maybe even a touch better than I've given it credit for. Marshack goes beyond the notion that primitive man kept track of time and had some sense of a cosmology and makes some forays into how archaeological evidence gives insights into the complexity of thought that the production of such artifacts requires. Primitive man was not so primitive, and, after reading this, I suspect that,
given despite the mater...more
Notable points: complex symbolic notation dates back as long as 100,000 years, and it emerges out the discernment of temporal patterns: day and night, phases of the moon, seasons - and the need to understand what they mean for human identity and survival. He calls this early cultural production "time factored and time factoring." Also key: the human brain is no bigger or more complex today than it was in the Paleolithic (a little humility please), and carvings and cave paintings are no more or l...more
Jan 10, 2011 Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is, in my opinion, an important book. It looks at the origins of Art and Science and presents the argument that both have evolved out of our need to create a worldview that makes sense of our surroundings.