Nomads

We are nomads.  As the Bible says: "My father was a wandering Aramean."
For more, just go read the Bible about the battles between the nomads and the settlers 

Here Carl Sagan narrates our wanderlust. Don’t miss this at FULL SCREEN !! :

We were nomads first on foot - Earliest human footprint - Kenya 1.5 million years ago

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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
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Here a Bushman is teaching a “modern civilized” man how to run - barefoot. As the last Bushmen move into town, I lament the loss of all their knowledge and the loss of our original way of life on the savannahs of Africa. I am reminded of the famous line from Hopkins’ poem:

"Nor can foot feel, being shod."

Next we ride: 

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horses, camels,

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:

Spacheships …   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. See more below about Voyager.


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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In memoriam, a footnote, and a Go Johnny Go

Chuck Berry died recently, March 18, 2017. 
Spacecraft Voyager, mentioned above, carried music including Chuck’s famous Johnny Be Goode.  
This  letter was sent to him by Carl Sagan 30 years ago:

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This is the Voyager Golden Record attached to the spacecraft.

They are our first, and so far only interstellar vehicles.


Here is a 40th anniversary commentary:




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