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What was consciousness like for pre-historic humans?

They had very little lingual capabilities, and their brains were primitive. So what do you think their existence was like? Much like animals? Existing basically on animal instinct?

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  1. Terrifying.
    Imagine learning about the world without having preconceived expectations.
    Everything learned by trial and error, not knowing what tomorrow would bring, not understanding why or what death is,

  2. There was never any such thing as “pre-historic humans”, so you don’t have to worry about it. “Evolution” is a total lie and it never happened.

  3. A very good exploration of this idea is the first chapter or so of the book “2001” by Arthur C. Clarke, which follows a pack of proto-humans 3 to 4 million years ago. They’re not quite animals, and yet not quite human. Very interesting.

  4. Even today people live like animals, they have abandoned god’s law.
    They sleep around like dogs and monkeys, they dont have consciousness. 7th commandment.
    The Ten Commandments
    1. You shall have no other Gods but me. Exodus 20:3
    2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it. Exodus 20:4-5
    3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Exodus 20:7
    4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. Exodus20:8
    5. Respect your father and mother. Exodus 20:12
    6. You must not kill. Exodus 20:13
    7. You must not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14
    8. You must not steal. Exodus 20:15
    9 You must not give false evidence against your neighbour. Exodus 20:16
    10.You must not be envious of your neighbour’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour. Exodus 20:17

  5. I think you are very mistaken in your perceptions. Consciousness for pre-historic humans was very similar to ours. The differences being between the types of assumptions made by Victorians vs. the kinds of assumptions made by hunter/gatherer tribes they came in contact with. Pre-historic HUMANS, were fully human for a very long time before the invention of writing. Writing creates history, everything before that is pre-history.
    NOW, what’s the difference between our consciousness and that of say Neanderthals or Homo Erectus? Much more room for interesting speculation. What the diff between our sentience and that of say Australopithecenes? Here we might be able to draw some analogies between the differences between us and our closest relatives, the Bonobos. Google the different terms and learn something.

  6. History, defined by the period of time after the invention of writing is relatively short: between 6 to 8000 years if you don’t count cave paintings as a form of writing.
    Since the modern man is at least 40 000 years old, pre-historic humans were exactly like us on a physical base (including brain structure).
    However you can’t tell what writing did to human’s psychology. The very fact that you could have an objective, physical, reminder of what you said several days or years before must have had some sort of impact on the thinking of theses people.
    You still have today some humans that rely exclusively on oral communication and they are no animals.
    Julian Jaynes, wrote in his famous “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind” a very interesting theory (unfortunatly unprovable as seductive it might sound) on the matter.

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