posted on Jun, 11 2011 @ 11:29 AM
Good thread, Slayer.
The losses previously cited are deeply grievous, but there is a class of knowledge loss that has been under-considered: human-stored knowledge.
The witch burnings weren't simply an attack upon women and" witchcraft". It was an attack upon all sorts of knowledge held by those people that
competed with church orthodoxy. Many "witches" were actually herbalists who healed, provided abortions, and knew herbal-based cures for people,
animals and crops. Sound familiar? Big Pharma still tries suppressing that knowledge, taking over from Big Church.
The Holocaust of the Americas didn't just destroy books: it eradicated living libraries on a scale unprecedented in human history. Just look at the
discoveries coming out in Bolivia and elsewhere in South America: hundreds of previously unthought-of cities, towns and villages connected by a
massive road network, indications that most of the Amazon basin was actually terraformed...prior to Contact, the place was wall-to-wall people, after,
hundreds stood where millions were, enormous, irreplaceable losses. Knowledge lost then is for the most part irretrievable,
Similar tales follow the Europeans wherever they went: slaughter, disease, and deliberate direct destruction of knowledge bases was the order of the
Some think the "Age of Discovery", 1490-1700 or so, a great leap forward for humanity, but I view it as a tragic period of the ignorant destroying
everything they found they didn't understand, couldn't turn for a profit, or just wasn't familiar to them. The Age of discovery is a purely
Eurocentric take on the period that glorifies a period of global looting, burning and misery visited upon the rest of the world by literally unwashed
Christian barbarians from Europe.