posted on Nov, 11 2004 @ 04:44 PM
Although this might not be a romantic or exciting response, I don't see any gaps in our development.
Let's assume that Homo sapiens sapiens (that is, us as opposed to our Neanderthaler cousins) have had the same cranial capacity and
basic set of smarts since we evolved, we haven't become innately smarter (or dumber) in the past, say, 50 thousand years...
And what we have learned has not been a sudden jump from nothing to the (relatively) advanced civilization of the pyramids by any means.
One of the most important inventions we came up with (pre-recorded history) is, of course, agriculture. This gave us (as a race) spare time,
which allowed us to specialize past the basic everybody's-gotta-be-a-hunter-gather phase and allowed us to come up with writing (which probably
predated the Egyptians), basic astronomy and calendar-making, additional materia medica, and tons of other inventions. So that's
certainly not a "gap" in our intellectual/technological evolution!
As a matter of fact, the only really thing that the Egyptians and their peers/cohorts came up with is building with stone, which gives us a physical
record of their accomplishments. For all we know, there could've been a bunch of Middle Holocene cultures that made incredibly complex dwellings --
except they were made of thatch or wood, and thus we have no record of them!
What is obvious (but kind of hard for us to accept) is that techno-advancements follow what's called an asymptotic curve, where as the corpus
of knowledge increases, so does the acquisition rate. In other words, if you were to graph our technological achievements with the x-axis as time and
the y-axis as "stuff we know", the resulting curve would be a second-order, or "asymtotic" curve.
So there isn't really any need to invent any of the "Atlantis" or "Mu" stuff to explain any "gaps" in our advancement over the past 50k years,
which is a good thing, because there really isn't a shred of evidence with which I am familiar that "Atlantis" or "Mu" or -- anyplace else
like that -- ever existed.
Edited to add the following:
Anyone interested in further information might want to look at Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, and, to a lesser extent,
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, both by Jared Diamond. Although I disagree with some of Diamond's
assertions and conclusions, I have to admit he makes some interesting arguments about human evolution.
[edit on 11-11-2004 by Off_The_Street]