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November 17 1998 Since people first appeared many years ago we have been either unwilling or unable to get along with our fellow people Disagreements often turn into physical violence When early people fought each other they used their own bodies as weapons because their bodies were the only things available to them Eventually one person picked up a stick and struck his opponent with it The person with the stick one the fight but later lost a different fight to another person with a bigger longer stick The hunt was on Each person looked for longer bigger and more powerful sticks to beat each other with One person attached a rock to the end of a stick and the mace is born Since then people have struggled to make better and more efficient tools and weapons Now as the year 2000 approaches people proudly displays our great accomplishments In the past a man had to physically overpower another man to kill him Now a combination entered on a keypad can destroy a city state country and ultimately and entire planet But how did we get so advanced Also how does the drive for better tools affect societies For a large part of human history people had no way to accurately estimate how old the Earth was or how long people had exited on earth Until the 1800s most people believed humankind was no more than 6000 years old These people drew their information from a calendar at St Johns College The calendar stated the species Homo sapiens began on March 23 4004 BC A strangely exact date but I suppose if I was the very first man on earth I would probably make a note of the day I spontaneously appeared However begging in 1797 scientists began discovering bits and pieces of tools that appeared more than 6000 years old The scientists who discussed the possibility that the tools they found were
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