All right! Happy New Year! It feels good to be drawing again.
That face in the last panel will follow me into my nightmares.
Too bad you didn’t do a comic on Halloween. That’s awesome!
Are there compelling theories as to why modern hunter gatherer groups might experience such disproportionate rates of violence that earlier groups did not?
“Paleolithic humans were about as violent as civilized humans are becoming today.” The evidence that I know of indicates the opposite, that before agriculture, the murder rate was about 2%, same as the other primates. Then when agriculture was invented, the homicide rate shot up. Then with the rise of police forces and prisons, it declined down to below paleolithic levels. https://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/controversial-study-pins-humans-murderous-ways-on-our-primate-ancestors/
Good to see you are back [tho as often as I have been checking, you could have been back for months.] but to mention a point that has been bothering me for a long time…
The idea that our ancestors could avoid conflict by moving to empty land not far away was at most true for only a short period of time. While it took tens of thousands of years to cover the entire earth, it took less than one thousand before the majority of mankind had neighbors in all directions.
Let us say it took a century for a village to grow big enough to want to split. Put the village on a river and a century later we have two villages, and another century, we have 4, but next century, we have a problem as the two center villages can’t expand either up or down river without bothering another village. Well, we can move inland, but this is going to be onto land we didn’t like. And another century we have the same problem again. And it is getting worse as we have neighbors in more directions. It is not long before we not only have neighbors in all directions, but so do our neighbors. For our 70,000 history there will always be someone who is not surrounded by neighbors and/or mountains, seas, etc, but very soon that was a small, and declining percentage of humanity.
You’re definitely thinking in the right direction! We’ll be exploring various ramifications very soon (knock on wood).
And welcome back, it’s good to be at the old drawing board again.