Göbekli Tepe

rewriting history, aprticularly the idea that agriculture was the driver of urbanization, while at Göbekli Tepe we find monolithic temples without agriculture, but already wild cereals and beer

“That fishing, hunting, or gathering could sustain complex societies means that social technology, rather than the discovery of farming, is the key bottleneck of civilization” the thesis here https://palladiummag.com/2021/05/17/why-civilization-is-older-than-we-thought/

Göbekli Tepe article on italian newspaper, long and well written https://www.ilpost.it/2021/06/24/gobekli-tepe/?fbclid=IwAR062sHHpr5s_Rn0r1UZenKSF1hsbQaUq5e__56-cBGHL1Qkf38xYDoo_98

Plagues and people

30 years before Guns, Germs and Steel, The Fates of Human Societies studied based on agriculture, geography and germs, I was saying 30 years before there was another attempt at a grand narration based on Germs, Plagues and People by William H. McNeill in 1976.

Here the destiny of mankind is seen trapped between microparasites like bugs, viruses etc and the macroparasitism of states and political power. And the 2 things are related in the sense that where you get less bugs you also get more central government, proof is, once we got Covid the government started giving us money for nothing

Anyway I got to know it reading this book review on ACX, go there if you are curious and want to know more, great review https://astralcodexten.substack.com/p/your-book-review-plagues-and-peoples

Cultural Brain

start from here http://www.arnoldkling.com/blog/cultural-brain-hypothesis/

Innovation and the Collettive Brain, co-authored by Heinrich https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2015.0192

Heinrich of WEIRDest people, here’s the paper “The Origin of WEIRD psychology” https://psyarxiv.com/d6qhu/

in other words, How the Church gave birth to WEIRD people https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/how-early-christian-church-gave-birth-today-s-weird-europeans

and here somme historian dissenting https://twitter.com/prof_gabriele/status/1192655774029406209

Greek (myths and) technology

greek myths speak of robot, prostetic, drugs and body augmenting technologies https://www.noemamag.com/gods-and-robots/

she is the author of the book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40740411-gods-and-robots?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=3jje3xQUa2&rank=1

La rivoluzione dimenticata di Lucio Russo https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4146890-la-rivoluzione-dimenticata?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=6KCdkBtzuY&rank=1

Incestuous god kings of 5,000 years ago

folk memory was recroded inAD 1,000, and today confrimed by genetic analysis on a 5,000 old tumb



Banquets and purges in USSR

Branko Milanovic reads a russian book on banquets hosted by Stalin over the years and the disappearance over time of the politburo guests, metaphoric political cannibalism http://glineq.blogspot.com/2019/09/dining-with-stalin.html.

It also quotes a book on Nazi banquets High Society in the Third Reich by Fabrice d’Almeida

and Molotov’s memories Molotov Remembers: Inside Kremlin Politics

(unrelated but alliterated, Thiel has weird banquets with smart people and only entertains one fool, Trump https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/peter-thiel-dinners-are-the-hottest-ticket-in-la-whats-his-endgame  )