posted on Oct, 11 2009 @ 03:01 PM
I would suggest looking at the most primitive peoples of the earth today: the hunter-gatherers who are left.
Humans have been the same, as in modern humans have been around, for about 250,000 years (+/-). This means that the anthropologist doesn't know what
they're talking about when they mention 50,000 years. For example, the oldest art found is maybe 70,000 years old, but I'm sure it's older than
that, we just haven't found anything older.
There are certain things that are instinctual. Swimming is an instinct. Control of fire is an instinct. Art is an instinct. These things are
unique to humans (Well, with swimming, no other primates can swim, so it's unique also in that sense.).
Anyway, back to the hunter-gatherers. They ALL have a language. They ALL have religion. They've been living the same way for 250,000 (+/-) years.
In a way, religion is an instinct, and is definitely older than 50,000 years old.
And yes, I do claim to know better than Maurice Bloch.