songlines as an umbrella abstraction for other cultural structures and features

Lynne Kelly’s observation that oral cultures revised useful knowledge into their memories appears to me to be a simple precursor to annotation and the idea of the scientific method all in one…

Songlines have managed to abstract many useful items into one super-structure: memories are certainly directly at the top, but it also includes culture, knowledge management, scientific method, annotation, survival mechanisms, social cohesion (?), others?

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[open questions]: What other examples are there in cultures and societies of bigger overarching abstractions like this? None come immediately to mind, but surely they exist. I would imagine that a good government would identify these and build upon and empower them.


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June 8, 2021