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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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When did we get so smart? Durable Link to this BLOG
Suddenly We Weren't So Stupid Anymore

It has long been believed (mostly by Western scientists) that the early man lived like an animal -- without tools and without abstract thinking.

According to these scientists, the humans living in Europe, one day having learnt to manage fire, and use stone and bone tools, weren't so stupid anymore. This transformation, called "creative explosion" has been in vogue for sometime.

I completely reject this sudden intelligence theory.

In the 1960s and 70s, many Indian archeologists (among them, Dr. V.S. Wakankar) found prehistoric art and artifacts in central India, dating much far back. Some of which have been showcased at Kamat's Potpourri. These discoveries never got the publicity nor the encouragement they deserved, the Government operated institutions of India being infested with corruption and credit mongering. (Read Kamat's Interview with Wakankar, KalaRanga, Manohar Grintha Mala, 1982)

Turns out that humans were smart, much before they reached Europe! New discoveries (link to new discovery at NPR website) have been made that Homo sapiens were smart even 77,000 years ago, much before any White Man's Civilization.

See Also:

• Pre-historic rock paintings of Bhimbetaka.
• Cave of Chauvet Pont d'Arc -- prehistoric cave paintings of France.

Mid Day: Tribute to Chintaman Raghunath Vyas by Prakash Burde.
(For those who don't know, music critic Prakash Burde is my uncle)

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Friday, January 11, 2002
Last Modified: 1/29/2003

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