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Old 11-05-2018, 04:43 PM
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"Bread leavened civilisation" from the comments

But it seems totally unsurprising to me. It's not like early people would say "let's invent farming and grow this grain that we have no use for".
Vaguely remembered idea about how it happened

Wanderers found a place where grain grew natively in sufficient abundance that a small population could remain stationary long enough to have a small village. The village would need a sort of designated place of pooping, where undigested grains would pass onto a well fertilized soil. Shortly the grain would be extra abundant, and it wouldn't require a great deal of imagination to make the leap to intentionally sowing some grain and fertilizing it to make even more grain for even more house dwellers, etc.

Maybe Jarred Diamond? I can't remember.
I remember learning it similarly, but except the people were still nomadic (or I guess migratory?). They would travel the same path year after year and eventually caught on that new food was growing on the sites where they had previously camped.

I def. got that from a schoolteacher, though, so veracity unknown.
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Old 11-05-2018, 06:14 PM
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I prefer the version wherein we pooped our way to civilization. It just sounds right.
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I prefer the version wherein we pooped our way to civilization. It just sounds right.
With a bit of a tweak it even sings right:
:notes: We pooped our way to civilised,
:singing: poopah oh yeah yeah
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Old 11-08-2018, 02:53 AM
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So I was watching a lecture on the Epic of Gilgamesh, as you do, and in the middle of it... well watch from 32:46...


(Actually watch the whole lecture, I found it quite interesting).
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:59 AM
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My favorite part is how two people I know were "randomly" on the internet and happened up on this.

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Huh, totally missed that this had been spotted before. But hey, nothing wrong with a signal boost.
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