History Literature / TheNeanderthalParallax

24th Sep '15 8:42:04 PM Fireblood
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* SchizoTech: The Neanderthals never developed agriculture (or for that matter most of the technology related to it). They developed a theory of genetics by selectively breeding hunting dogs as opposed to crops. Also, they never developed space travel or the jet engine (although they do have powered flight in the form of hovercraft and helicopters). Likewise, fossil fuel technology is entirely unknown, theorized to be because they have a very keen sense of smell and thus would not tolerate foul-smelling odors like exhaust fumes from a combustion engine.

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* SchizoTech: The Neanderthals never developed agriculture (or for that matter most of the technology related to it). They developed a theory of genetics by selectively breeding hunting dogs as opposed to crops. Also, they never developed space travel or the jet engine (although they do have powered flight in the form of hovercraft and helicopters). Likewise, fossil fuel technology is entirely unknown, theorized to be because they have a very keen sense of smell and thus would not be able to tolerate foul-smelling odors stinking technologies like exhaust fumes from a combustion engine.this.
24th Sep '15 8:40:59 PM Fireblood
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* ScienceMarchesOn:
** The research available at the time the books were written indicated that Neanderthals and ''Homo sapiens'' were genetically incompatible, which plays a pivotal role in the plot. New research shows the opposite: not only were the two species compatible, there was significant interbreeding.
** Dogs in the Neanderthal universe are physically indistinguishable from wolves. The reason given is that Neanderthals only selected for behavior and hunting companions, and did not care what their dogs looked like. Research with tame silver foxes has shown how selecting for tameness inevitably results in other neotenous traits (short legs, larger skulls, folded ears, curled tails), even without specifically breeding for them. With this in mind, Neanderthals would have had to actually put a great deal of work into breeding dogs that still resembled wolves in any way shape or form, and the primitive appearance of dogs would actually have had to be very deliberate.
24th Sep '15 8:38:51 PM Fireblood
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** UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Deconstructed; the reason behind the policy has to do with the fact that Neanderthals are, on the whole, ''very'' physically strong (hint: they routinely hunt mammoth using only wooden spears), and a simple dispute could easily end up with someone getting killed (one major plot point in the first book involves one Neanderthal character being struck by another. The loser got his jaw essentially destroyed with one punch, and even that was a pulled punch; if the other party had taken a full swing and he hadn't pulled away it would have been fatal.) It's stated that in the past, Neanderthal political assassinations were done by just walking up to the target and smashing their skull in. We later see the Neanderthal ambassador easily dispatch a human assassin with her bare hands as well. This is also probably why they never had many wars-it's stated in the books that the last one took place decades back, and even then only 78 people were killed (which is apparently ''high'', from the way they reflect on it).

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** UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Deconstructed; the reason behind the policy has to do with the fact that Neanderthals are, on the whole, ''very'' physically strong (hint: they routinely hunt mammoth using only wooden spears), and a simple dispute could easily end up with someone getting killed (one major plot point in the first book involves one Neanderthal character being struck by another. The loser got his jaw essentially destroyed with one punch, and even that was a pulled punch; if the other party had taken a full swing and he hadn't pulled away it would have been fatal.) It's stated that in the past, Neanderthal political assassinations were done by just walking up to the target and smashing their skull in. We later see this in action when the Neanderthal ambassador to Earth easily dispatch dispatches a human assassin with her bare hands as well.hands. This is also probably why they never had many wars-it's stated in the books that the last one took place decades back, and even then only 78 people were killed (which is apparently ''high'', from the way they reflect on it).
24th Sep '15 8:38:02 PM Fireblood
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: With the Companion implants. Subverted, in that Neanderthals see this as a ''good'' thing, as it makes alibing yourself for crimes and identifying perpetrators easy. Except if suspected of a crime, no one monitors a person's recordings-they're only "unlocked" when a formal charge has been made.

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* BigBrotherIsWatching: With the Companion implants. Subverted, {{Subverted}}, in that Neanderthals see this as a ''good'' thing, as it makes alibing yourself for crimes and identifying perpetrators easy. Except if suspected of a crime, no one monitors a person's recordings-they're only "unlocked" when a formal charge has been made. Sawyer [[http://www.sfwriter.com/privacy.htm proposes]] this in RealLife too.



* ForeignQueasine: The Neanderthals don't have agriculture, and thus no alchohol, dairy products, bread, or spices. They seem to find cheese extra disgusting, because the idea of taking milk from another mammal and letting microorganisms spoil it is shocking. Inverted with Ponter's love for KFC.
** When Ponter is first offered Dairy, he, noticing that Homo Sapiens women have larger breasts then Neanderthal women, assumes it's ''their'/ milk. He's no less grossed out when he hears it's cow milk.

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* ForeignQueasine: The Neanderthals don't have agriculture, and thus no alchohol, alcohol, dairy products, bread, or spices. They seem to find cheese extra disgusting, because the idea of taking milk from another mammal and letting microorganisms spoil it is shocking. Inverted {{Inverted}} with Ponter's love for KFC.
** When Ponter is first offered Dairy, he, noticing that Homo Sapiens women have larger breasts then Neanderthal women, assumes it's ''their'/ milk. He's no less grossed out when he hears that it's cow milk.



* HangingJudge: Adjudicator Sard

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* HangingJudge: Adjudicator SardSard.



** NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. Ponter is very surprised to note that one of the women from the Sudbury team is menstruating, but not all of them; coming from a society with an isolated female population, he's used to everyone being on a synchronized cycle. Back on Neanderthal Earth, Adikor is repeatedly accused of insanity for going downtown to talk to a female colleague during "Last Five," the last five days before the full moon. Apparently Neanderthal women get ''truly'' spectacular PMS, and all at once...

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** NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted.{{Averted}}. Ponter is very surprised to note that one of the women from the Sudbury team is menstruating, but not all of them; coming from a society with an isolated female population, he's used to everyone being on a synchronized cycle. Back on Neanderthal Earth, Adikor is repeatedly accused of insanity for going downtown to talk to a female colleague during "Last Five," the last five days before the full moon. Apparently Neanderthal women get ''truly'' spectacular PMS, and all at once...



** Deconstructed, as Ponter makes a sincere attempt to understand and respect Mary's beliefs, and the attitude of most of the Neanderthals in the series toward human religion is more puzzlement and curiosity than contempt. [[spoiler: The final book has all humans' brains change as well due to the magnetic pole reversal, which causes peace to break out in the Middle East, making it more of a straight example]].

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** Deconstructed, {{Deconstructed}}, as Ponter makes a sincere attempt to understand and respect Mary's beliefs, and the attitude of most of the Neanderthals in the series toward human religion is more puzzlement and curiosity than contempt. [[spoiler: The final book has all humans' brains change as well due to the magnetic pole reversal, which causes peace to break out in the Middle East, making it more of a straight example]].



* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Mary]]

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* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Mary]]Mary.]]



* SchizoTech: The Neanderthals never developed agriculture (or for that matter most of the technology related to it). They developed a theory of genetics by selectively breeding hunting dogs as opposed to crops. Also, they never developed space travel or the jet engine (although they do have powered flight in the form of hovercraft and helicopters). Likewise, fossil fuel technology is entirely unknown.

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* SchizoTech: The Neanderthals never developed agriculture (or for that matter most of the technology related to it). They developed a theory of genetics by selectively breeding hunting dogs as opposed to crops. Also, they never developed space travel or the jet engine (although they do have powered flight in the form of hovercraft and helicopters). Likewise, fossil fuel technology is entirely unknown.unknown, theorized to be because they have a very keen sense of smell and thus would not tolerate foul-smelling odors like exhaust fumes from a combustion engine.



** UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Deconstructed; the reason behind the policy has to do with the fact that Neanderthals are, on the whole, ''very'' physically strong (hint: they routinely hunt mammoth using only wooden spears), and a simple dispute could easily end up with someone getting killed (one major plot point in the first book involves one Neanderthal character being struck by another. The loser got his jaw essentially destroyed with one punch, and even that was a pulled punch; if the other party had taken a full swing and he hadn't pulled away it would have been fatal.) It's stated that in the past, Neanderthal political assassinations were done by just walking up to the target and smashing their skull in. This is also probably why they never had many wars-it's stated in the books that the last one took place decades back, and even then only 78 people were killed (which is apparently ''high'', from the way they reflect on it).

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** UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Deconstructed; the reason behind the policy has to do with the fact that Neanderthals are, on the whole, ''very'' physically strong (hint: they routinely hunt mammoth using only wooden spears), and a simple dispute could easily end up with someone getting killed (one major plot point in the first book involves one Neanderthal character being struck by another. The loser got his jaw essentially destroyed with one punch, and even that was a pulled punch; if the other party had taken a full swing and he hadn't pulled away it would have been fatal.) It's stated that in the past, Neanderthal political assassinations were done by just walking up to the target and smashing their skull in. We later see the Neanderthal ambassador easily dispatch a human assassin with her bare hands as well. This is also probably why they never had many wars-it's stated in the books that the last one took place decades back, and even then only 78 people were killed (which is apparently ''high'', from the way they reflect on it).
14th Jun '15 1:19:56 PM delijoe
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* HangingJudge: Adjudicator Sard
8th Jan '15 5:19:54 PM gkoch3
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* AccidentallyAccurate: Ponter asks Mary the English word for someone who "shows all for the world to see." Mary is confused as to what he means but guesses "exhibitionist." Turns out that's the Neanderthal word for a reporter, which is what Ponter was talking about.

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* AccidentallyAccurate: AccidentalTruth: Ponter asks Mary the English word for someone who "shows all for the world to see." Mary is confused as to what he means but guesses "exhibitionist." Turns out that's the Neanderthal word for a reporter, which is what Ponter was talking about.
8th Jan '15 5:19:54 PM gkoch3
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8th Jan '15 5:19:19 PM gkoch3
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* AccidentallyAccurate: Ponter asks Mary the English word for someone who "shows all for the world to see." Mary is confused as to what he means but guesses "exhibitionist." Turns out that's the Neanderthal word for a reporter, which is what Ponter was talking about.
8th Mar '14 11:32:42 PM Fireblood
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: With the Companion implants. Subverted, in that Neanderthals see this as a ''good'' thing, as it makes alibing yourself for crimes and identifying perpetrators easy. Except if suspected of a crime, no one monitors a person's recordings-they're kept and "unlocked" when a formal charge has been made.

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* BigBrotherIsWatching: With the Companion implants. Subverted, in that Neanderthals see this as a ''good'' thing, as it makes alibing yourself for crimes and identifying perpetrators easy. Except if suspected of a crime, no one monitors a person's recordings-they're kept and only "unlocked" when a formal charge has been made.
8th Mar '14 11:32:29 PM Fireblood
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* BigBrotherIsWatching: With the Companion implants. Subverted, in that Neanderthals see this as a ''good'' thing, as it makes alibing yourself for crimes and identifying perpetrators easy.

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* BigBrotherIsWatching: With the Companion implants. Subverted, in that Neanderthals see this as a ''good'' thing, as it makes alibing yourself for crimes and identifying perpetrators easy. Except if suspected of a crime, no one monitors a person's recordings-they're kept and "unlocked" when a formal charge has been made.
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