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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 379, August 6, 2006
"Absolutely Shockingly Amazing"
A Message from the Publisher
Readers may wonder, from time to time, why I estimate the length of time that human civilization has existed as around 8,000 years, whereas Rose Wilder Lane (writing much earlier than yours truly) and others usually say 6,000.
Here is the reason:
Catalhoyuk is an absolutely shockingly amazing site, a small city that existed at least 8000 years ago, and possibly humankind's first experiment with this kind of living. There's even a map of the city painted on one of its walls! I look forward to seeing how much more we can learn from the ongoing arachaeological activity there.
Two reservations: Jared Diamond once wrote an article for Discover (of which he later became the editor) in which he suggested that the development of agriculture (which made places like Catalhoyuk both necessary and possible), may have been our species' "greatest mistake". You can see what I have done with that idea in the novel that was inspired by it, Pallas.
Prequel to the forthcoming Ares, Ceres, and Beautiful Dreamer.
Second, humanity as we presently know it, has been around for at least 250,000 years. As I ask in my novel Forge of the Elders, do you imagine that people who were just as smart back then as they are now, actually just sat around on their thumbs for 242,000 years, doing nothing of any lasting importance?
Not unless they were mostly neolibertarians, voting to erase all signs of human progress as quickly as the "radicals" among them made it.
I won't be surprised if, in the future, sites vastly older than Catalhoyuk are discovered. In fact, it may represent a hillbilly backwater in its own time. What happened to the rest of prehistoric civilization? Well, I make one suggestion in Forge of the Elders.
There may be many others.
L. Neil Smith
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by BigHead Press, 2004
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Without a Net: Compromise versus calculation
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