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There is a moment in Stanley Kubricks film 2001 that is unforgettable A being half-man and half-ape discovers a mysterious black monolith After touching the structure something has changed in that being Heit after struggling to hunt for so long has discovered the idea of tools Picking up the weathered bone of a decayed animal the beast begins to see the bone in a whole new light It is now an instrument of survival a mechanism of destruction which will help continue the survival of the many beasts The final shots of the dawn of man sequence show the beast throwing the bone into the air the vision of the bone being replaced with that of a spaceship The intent of the writer is only to use the film as an example of a much larger theme How is man to learn and evolve How does he expand his boundaries The process of learning through contact is vital to the discovery process How is a group of people able to progress to explore without making contact with other races cultures and environments 2001 may be a fictitious film but the ideas it conveys are quite valuable to the study of human progression Contact is a broad term but here it is used as a term that represents interaction and learning between different races even between man and environment It represents progression and exploration which needs to be more closely examined Man has always theorized about his beginnings There never has been a 100 definitive answer as to the beginnings of mankind and the settling of new places One such place is what is now the North American continent Who were the first people to settle there Scientists theorize about a land mass linking North America to Asia This strip of land is known as Beringia It is believed that during the Great Ice Age there was an exposure of this land-mass occurring in three different
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