Ritual and Mathesis

Primitive rituals, … [argues] Mumford, were “basic to the whole development of human culture”; they stabilized Paleolithic man through repetitive acts that produced predictable effects. Early man was first a collector and later a hunter; from animals he learned how to gather food before discovering how to kill for it. Kings created the prototype machines from people: they organized manpower to build monuments and wage war. Source: Time Magazine, Friday, Jun. 09, 1967

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