Nomads


I love to sail forbidden seas. 
 Melvile

Our ancestors wondered about those those stars in the sky that wandered among the others.
Today we call them planets.

Like the planets, we too are nomads.
The Bible said: “My father was a wandering Aramean.”

And recorded the battles between the nomads and the settlers …

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We were nomads first on foot.
Early human footprint:
Kenya 1.5 million years ago

After spreading throughout much of the world, we humans then cut back to just one species - homo sapiens - and were almost wiped out in an environmental volcanic disaster, cut down to a few thousand survivors in Africa. But somehow we not only recovered, rebuilding our gene pool, but we also spread out and took over all the Earth. We began to walk, spread out - over the next hill, around the bend in the river, over mountains and even to the next continent:

Like the famous Bushmen - walking, running - we just kept going. Humans have itchy feet.

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From Racing The Antelope


Next we ride: 

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on

working animals



or glamorous animals: 

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Finally, the wheel:

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Oddly, wheels were invented fairly late in human society. The picture above is Sumerian 3500 BC.

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Then we went from land to sea:

Polynesian Seagoing Canoes:


This page idea came from the book: The Starship and the Canoe by Kenneth Brower, about physicist Freeman Dyson and his son George - a builder of seagoing canoes, highly recommended:

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The Nina, Pinta and Santa Marie of Columbus 


and the Flying Cloud clipper ship:

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AND now we build:   Starships !!

Spaceships …   both Imaginary:

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And real - Voyager, launched in 1977, has now escaped the Solar System

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Click for larger image in a separate window.

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We learn to build ... and build to learn ...  

But still, we leave footprints everywhere, now on the Moon:

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"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
— Neil Armstrong

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Next, now we are ready for >>>> The Journey

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