Sunday, May 13, 2012
Derb remembers the recent past.
It's not as if we all sat around thinking Deep Thoughts before the Internet age. We read more, but not that much more....
What did we do? Watched TV. Went to bars and ball games. Played cards. Bickered with our spouses and kids. Got quietly sozzled in the Barcalounger.
Human beings weren't made to work, or think much, or read much. Of our Paleolithic ancestors, Cochran and Harpending remark in The 10,000 Year Explosion that: "If they had full stomachs and their tools and weapons were in good shape... they hung out: They talked, gossiped, and sang."
If they'd had smartphones, they'd have been twiddling.