posted on Mar, 4 2008 @ 02:13 PM
So my bid - Chinese civilisation was the earliest one that succeded to maintain cultural integrity + same motherland for the whole history.
Having few rival civilisations of similar magnitude also helped.
P.S. Oh heck, I might as well just tell you how this thread even entered my mind: a friend who is - unlike yours truly - very much into conspiracy
theories and such, said that the reason for their huge numbers is that (I am quoting verbatim now)... "they were here first".
("Here" meaning the planet Earth, needless to say. ; ))
I am not exactly enamoured of this extraterrestrial theory, to put it mildly.
But I do feel I own it to myself - in the name of intellectual honesty and personal integrity - to find out a more reasonable explanation.
And the fact is, when I smiled at his theory, I realised... I didn't really had one.
[edit on 4-3-2008 by Vanitas]