Saturday Stuff – September 17th, 2011

By Razib Khan | September 17, 2011 12:32 pm


Very busy week. I don’t have time to look for past posts and I haven’t been reading the comments closely, so I’m skipping those.

1) Weird search query of the week: “why, according to christian, did foragers become farmers?.”

2) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:

(a guest kat who made as sojourn at casa Khan):

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  • Ian

    It occurred to me recently that the whole flight from slavery in Egypt story sounds like the story of people abandoning farming and returning to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. The whole manna thing, food you could just go out and pick up off the ground but that you couldn’t store (except on Fridays). And the whole idea of “wandering in the wilderness” for forty years – that isn’t wandering, that’s living (unless you go with “not all those who wander are lost”, choosing to interpret the story through the lens of that other religious book).

    Of course, I also use the whole expulsion from Eden story as a story of hunter-gatherers becoming farmers (after all, the two pains inflicted as punishment are childbirth and having to till the ground, and only one of those is something that men actually experience). So my answer to the search query would probably be “when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden” (though I doubt most Christians, or even theologians are even aware that their religion includes specific beliefs about the Neolithic revolution).

  • Razib Khan

    wow. not being religious I didn’t see that interpretation at all!

  • john

    It’s cuit

  • Miguel Madeira

    According to some studies, the “eden” was somewhere in Kurdistan. There was not in Anatolia (a very close place) that “neolitical revolution” began?

  • Jacob Roberson

    1) Weird search query of the week: “why, according to christian, did foragers become farmers?.”

    Ian Says:
    Blah blah stuff in the bible sounds like hunter-gatherer farmer lifestyles blah blah…

    Ok smartypants, but it says “according to christian” not “-s” or “-ity.” Clearly they meant Christian Slater, and we need the anthropological wisdom of Christian Slater because really, being a forager is more fun than being a farmer ya know? So it’ll take some serious wisdom to explain this un-fun state of affairs.

    Luckily someone already asked him. Luckily Christian Slater had the research done and ready to go back in 1994. Answer: they didn’t want to, they were forced to. Foragers were forced to become farmers because food that sits still is preferable to food you have to chase down. Why must everyone assume Christian Slater made all those recordings up? Why does everyone think Christian Slater is crazy? They’re out there, stalking you in the night, just listen to Christian Slater. Or don’t and become the next meal.

    Either that or I’m over-interpreting someone’s bad grammar.

  • Robert Hagedorn

    But is Saint Augustine’s exegesis of the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis correct? Do a search: First Scandal.


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