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Compressed History of Humanity

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Thinking, probably, about the history of humanity – Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:In_Thought_…_(3020466221).jpg;

The topics of my blog posts are not random. I’m trying to review a History of Humanity in a coherent way. Compressed of History of Humanity blog posts should provide a brief overview of the part of mankind’s history, which is already covered in my blog posts. The other goal is to give a reader an easy way to orient among my blog posts.

Chapter 1 Summary (PrefaceMaking Sense of History of Humanity)

My upcoming book Subsurface History of Humanity is about what I found on my journey to uncover the hidden direction of mankind. The book shows the concrete route in which humanity is running. 

This blog is a prelude to my book Subsurface History of Humanity. The blog will provide a broad overview of mankind’s history. The emphasis is on humankind as a single entity as opposed to a specific history of social structures at certain geographic locations.

Moreover, I will look at events, which had, and, in most cases, still have a lasting effect on most societies globally. Some such events deserve to be a part of the subsurface history of mankind. 

Chapter 2 Summary (To Be Sapiens and Human)

Before we look at our history, let us ask ourselves some basic questions. You know how we describe ourselves, right? We say that we are humans or human beings. Or we say we are men and women. Of course, we also say we are people. Scientists say we are Homo sapiens or just Sapiens. Do all those terms point to the same species?

Chapter 3 Summary (Why History Began at 3,150 BC?)

I was not able to find it out who started this tradition to consider only the recorded history of humanity as a history at all. Did we get an explanation of why we should believe that? No.

     Of course, it could be explained. That reason is simple and very convincing. The magic word is convenience. It is much easier to work with historical facts and artifacts if you have written records about it.

However, it is not the only possible solution. We could move a starting block. But first, we need to understand why life, and we, humans, were possible on this planet.

Chapter 4 Summary (Human Life in Constructor Theory)

Before drawing a new starting line for the history of mankind, let us look briefly at the whole history of life on Earth. Later, we will look at a biological evolution, which led to the emergence of the genus Homo. The life existence could be explained by a new, so-called, constructor theory.

Constructor theory has many applications. Its use to explain how life is possible is just one special case. However, that case has a fundamental implication for humanity and the history of mankind. For the first time in the history of humankind, in 2014, appeared the theory explaining the possibility of life existence from laws of physics that themselves contain no design. That raises a thousand-of-years-long discussion about life existence at an entirely new level.

Chapter 5 Summary (To Be Species or Not)

We want to be sure that the history of mankind is a history of us, Sapiens. First, that means we need to understand how to differentiate our species, Homo sapiens, from other human non-Sapiens species. Secondly, we also have to be sure that during the ongoing evolution we, Homo sapiens, were not evolved yet into several different species. In this blog post, we will look into how scientists differentiate one species from another.

Neanderthal Child by Tom Björklund. Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neanderthal_child.png

The DNA difference is used now as the differentiator for the human species. We understand that an overall history and prehistory of mankind includes the history of all humans, Sapiens, and non-Sapiens, ever existed on this planet. If we want to limit our history or prehistory only to Sapiens – then we need to use a timeframe when all non-Sapiens humans got extinct. Or, we should find out other, at least equally powerful ways, to separate those histories.

    During just a few last centuries our understanding of who we are and what is our history and its timeframe have changed fundamentally.

Chapter 6 Summary (Will Sapiens Source New Species)

Are we underway in our evolution to source new species from Homo sapiens? Are Sapiens splitting into different sub-species? There is a whole host of such questions. Do we have any data, which could be used to provide answers to those questions? When could we, possibly, have such data? Let us take a brief look at it.

Chapter 7 Summary (We Are More Than Animals)

There is no evidence that Home sapiens will evolve into new species or split into subspecies any time soon. That means we could consider the history of humanity as the history of Homo sapiens with two conditions. First, we should put all biological evolution before genus Homo appearance aside. Secondly, we should exclude other non-Sapiens humans from Sapiens history. Let us look briefly into the biological evolution path, which ended up with Homo sapiens.

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By victortorvich

I'm a scientist and a writer. My upcoming book is “Subsurface History of Humanity”.

One reply on “Compressed History of Humanity”

It seems like history starting with the invention of writing is related to the fact that historians use historical documents to gather information. Prior to writing, investigation of the past is an archaeological and anthropological exercise. Of course, until the iron age, most of what we know even during the historical period is still related to archaeology. Writing was still rare in archaic societies and mostly focused on accounting and correspondence.

In other words, the division between history and prehistory seems like more of an epistemic demarcation, and a broad blurry one rather than a sharp distinction.

Your book sounds like it will be interesting!

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