Unfortunately, your idea of ‘when you put something in a certain place, and a few months after a baby comes out of there’ does not seem to hold true (maybe). Masters and Johnson interviewed Appalachian folks of what we would now call “lower socio-economic status” (and this was in our life time) and they ‘claimed’ they did not know why Emmajean all of a sudden had that baby! Maybe they were embarrassed? Interestingly enough, they also had practices where they put “that thing” in other holes! Now that begs a question?
I liked your idea on cultures and “background technology”! I would like to explore this idea more closely, so tell me more about what you would call “background”?
Jacob Bronowski in his book, “The Ascent of Man” loved the idea that as cultures mixed, new ideas in what you might call “background” technologies came to the fore. I have always like the modern day example where an electronic engineer a couple decades ago was seeking a “low noise amplifier” for radio receiver applications. Noise in such an amplifier device becomes self-generated within the device itself, as a result of ‘transient electron flow’. His new idea using lower gate threshold devices that ‘turn-on’ more quickly, thus reducing transients, -- became the bulwark technology that allowed for super-fast microprocessors for a completely different area of electronic manufacture!
I will have to watch the movie again to better closely assess the eugenics idea? It was a good movie, but my area is much more closely related to physics. I did enjoy cultural anthropology in college though!
A side-line thought,,,,,,, why is it that men seem to prefer those “skinny bioches”? The more plump bioches would probably aid in a better stronger tribe, maybe?
She was a junkie for the printed word. Fortunately, I manufactured her drug of choice!
She was a bit of a pyromaniac too!
The modern 'preference' if I may generalize, for somewhat slimmer females is most likely a plot by fashion designers to hawk their wares and simultaneously skimp on clothing material.
Genetically and phisiologically speaking, a more well marbled woman is better able to bear healthy young due to her having a more stable means of offering her pre and post natal issue a steady supply of nutrition. Haven't found any auk eggs or fresh mastodon in several weeks and it's past berry season? No problem, we got fat reserves.
By background technology I mean building by inventors on the work of those who came before. The guy inventing the low noise amp wouldn't likely know what to do with a lump of germanium, would he? Can he wind a capacitor?
You yourself may be able to knock off a crystal radio in a few minutes but can you smelt copper ore for the wire? Inventors use stuff already in common use, to make new devices. Edison didn't have to refine tungsten to make his light bulb. That doesn't mean he was smarter than whoever first did, it just means he's building on the work of earlier man.
Heck the first man to think of and develop a way to tie a sharp rock onto the end of a stick and then shove his new invention into a boar's guts, was a genius!
Masters and Johnon may have interviewed primitive people who claimed to them that they had no idea that sexual congress results in the creation and eventual expulsion of a baby, but I'm more likely to think that these peoples were tugging on M+J's leg a bit.
"Noooo dad, I don't know HOW that baby got in there!"
Edison initially used horse hair, then carbonized cotton thread for his filaments. Tungsten is a much later innovation, but I get your point!
Tungsten was first used to make bulletproof armaments on military tanks at the latter part of World War 1. It was this application that made engineers think it would be a good tough material to withstand the white hot heat of current passing through the incandescent filament. It would also they determined withstand the stress of what is called “in-rush current” at the repeated instants the bulb is first switched on.
Interestingly enough, the first transistor was a lump of Germanium about the size of a golf ball. An engineering technician by the name of John Kirtland Galt was measuring what we would now describe as “forward bias”. Germanium was chosen because it had been used as a basic “voltage divider” in multi-plexing telegraph lines.
The really interesting thing was that it had been discovered that when the Germanium rods were exposed to sun light, their resistance changed. Quite by accident, when Mr. Galt (no relation to the Ayn Rand character) left his work bench at AT&T Bell Labs one hot summer afternoon, he switched off a small fan he had to keep him cool. As the blades of the fan slowed to the point where his lump of Germanium was alternately in sunlight then shade, he noticed that the milliamteters he was using to measure forward bias were alternating. Bronowski would have loved that, had he known about it!
Well, I have to go out now and hunt down some Auk eggs, or maybe a well marbled woman!
I read somewhere that culture served to remember background technologies as an individual of said culture wouldn't. This is why if you asked a person practicing a peculiar cultural custom, they rarely recall the reason for the invention of said custom (ex. circumcision and its advantages).
Hey---QUEST FOR FIRE is being shown on the MOVIES channel--check your local listings. I actually remember this coming out back in the day, and reading a good review about it, singling out a then-unknown Rae Dawn Chong in particular for a good performance. Never seen it before,though, and it definitely looks interesting.