Re: Early Language

Mr. E (jackechs@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 22:04:04 -0500

Why is fishing and hunting not the same? One can catch/kill a fish in the
same manner one can catch/kill land roaming animals. I remember a debate in
a philosophy class a while back ... one side basically abhored the idea of
killing an animal for food, while having no quams with killing and eating
fish. We didn't come out with any definite conclusions. I'd appreciate
your view as well as any others who want to respond. Another thought ... I
watched a documentary that proposed that early bipedal beings may have been
scavengers subsiding on the remains of kills left by other scavengers.
Specifically eating the marrow from the bones of the remains. Would this be
an example of fisher-gatherer-scavenger-hunter ... or would scavenging (if
done) be a subset of gathering?

At 12:14 PM 02/16/96 +1100, Iain Davidson wrote:
>About 15 years ago I adopted (?invented) the phrase fisher-gatherer-hunter
>because it puts the three components, without prejudice, in alphabetical
>order. It appealed, of course, because gathering came before hunting, but
>also because some of the societies grouped under this heading do/did rather
>significant amounts of fishing which usually gets ignored in the naming.
thank you for your time and space ... respectfully submitted,

Anthony Dean Dauer

"We have met the enemy, and he is us." Walt Kelly (1913-1973), Pogo

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