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Were cavemen better parents than us ?

Posted on Saturday, 25 September, 2010 | Comment icon 60 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Today's generation could learn a thing or two about raising a child from our ancient ancestors.

Professor Darcia Narvaez has claimed that our ancestors had much better ideas about how to raise a child than 21st century families and that today's practices of keeping babies in buggies and car seats while not letting them roam outdoors could contribute to a dysfunctional generation.

"Their children were cuddled and carried about, never left to cry, spent lots of time outdoors and were breastfed for years rather than months."

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Comment icon #51 Posted by Blue Lizard on 28 September, 2010, 0:55
Long term editing is not allowed (but you can request a moderator assistance for certain instances). Why? you might ask. Well, it's because some people make statements and when called on their past statements go back and change/edit them. This is highly disingenuous and causes serious problems. Therefore, only short term editing is allowed. I hope this clears things up. Alright... that makes sense! I guess some freedoms have to be restricted in order to keep this place sane and manageable. Kudos for whoever came up with that idea
Comment icon #52 Posted by Agent. Mulder on 28 September, 2010, 16:38
Saber toothed cat, what? If you're correcting the "tiger" bit, that doesn't add any to what I was saying. We make assumptions about prehistoric animals based on the same things we have for prehistoric humans, bones and modern equivalents. If we can't make estimates about prehistoric mankind, then we cannot make estimates about prehistoric animals of any sort, based on what you are saying. Well yeah, no saber toothed tiger. Saber toother cat. And you (for some weird reason) are saying "since we cant make assumptions about prehistoric social life with people, we cannot make assumptions based off... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by Agent. Mulder on 28 September, 2010, 16:59
Seriously, your lack of scientific understanding is quite obvious now. I pointed out that it is usually about the masses and presented a few reasons why it is usually about the masses. The term "usually" isn't the same as "always"- I thought you would know that difference by now. It's like you literally see what you want to see in my post and don't really read the post. Yes, it is my utter lack of understanding, that you have no knowledge on science based terms and subjects. Oh darn. Ill await your quote on me saying "Always", as that seems to be your only point here, yet i cannot find where i... [More]
Comment icon #54 Posted by Stormcrow on 28 September, 2010, 19:55
Well yeah, no saber toothed tiger. Saber toother cat. And you (for some weird reason) are saying "since we cant make assumptions about prehistoric social life with people, we cannot make assumptions based off science when it comes to biological things like anatomy". Wrong. Not even close. A tiger is a cat, it really makes no nevermind... That's just nitpicking and very beside the point. Since I didn't say that, technically you shouldn't be putting it in quotation marks. What I did say was, "We make assumptions about prehistoric animals based on the same things we have for prehistoric humans, b... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by Agent. Mulder on 29 September, 2010, 13:21
A tiger is a cat, it really makes no nevermind... That's just nitpicking and very beside the point. Well thats what its called.... Since I didn't say that, technically you shouldn't be putting it in quotation marks. What I did say was, "We make assumptions about prehistoric animals based on the same things we have for prehistoric humans, bones and modern equivalents." Meaning, we make assumptions about the behavior of prehistoric animals based on the life styles of their modern decendents. If we cannot make assumptions about the behaviors of prehistoric man based on the modern equivalent of a ... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Stormcrow on 29 September, 2010, 15:18
Well thats what its called.... Hush, don't make me look like an idiot. D: I wasnt making assumptions about the prehistoric animals. However, were able to come A Lot closer to accuracy in terms of life, diet, biology etc. than we can ever come to Neanderthal social lives, based on bones, and comparing it to MODERN people, despite the fact we view them as primitive. We can know what Neanderthals ate, how they lived, what they hunted, how they hunted it, but we cant really know social lives. The evidence for it is lacking. No, you may not be, but researchers do. But what I'm asking is, if there's... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by Blue Lizard on 30 September, 2010, 16:41
Yes, it is my utter lack of understanding, that you have no knowledge on science based terms and subjects. Oh darn. Ill await your quote on me saying "Always", as that seems to be your only point here, yet i cannot find where i said that. I thought that was rather obvious that "always" and "usually" were put in quotes for emphasis, but I guess I shouldn't expect everyone to get it. How this possibly shows lack of knowledge on my part about terms and subjects concerning science, is way beyond me. No, its not up to date. But dont worry, you can always read up. But i see youre kind of catching on... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by nakajima01 on 1 October, 2010, 14:50
Ok, what time frames? What areas? And by today, you mean modern societies, that just seem somewhat primative to us. Right? I do not know exactly on what area, and my speculation is that the time frame is as the same as indicated in the article (cavemen). I do not understand much of your 2nd sentence, so forgive me if I do not fully answer your question. If your 'modern' in 'modern societies' pertain to the time of their existence (which is now) and not their technological advances, then yes. P.S. My apologies for the late reply.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Graveyard Hound on 1 October, 2010, 20:51
Bears, whales, all kinds of wild life are better than we "poor mortals" are in all phases of child care.We just happen to be the dominate species and we can't talk very openly about something that few excell at or even seem to be interested in doing, good, bad, or indifferent..
Comment icon #60 Posted by SolarPlexus on 4 October, 2010, 20:11
totally agree.... most modern parents havent got a clue what theyre doing long-term


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