Social Change with Respect to Culture and Original Nature

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THE RATE OF CULTURAL GROWTH

The social heritage in its material aspects thus grows through inventions, and in particular areas by diffusion, and is selectively accumulative. It is desirable to consider somewhat the rapidity of change and the rate of growth of material culture. A brief perspective of the growth of culture from its beginnings shows that the change was quite slow in very early times. Based on the finds in stonework, the development of the material culture of the Chellean period to the Acheulean and the Acheulean to the Mousterian required an interval of about 25,000 years each, according to Osborn’s chronology. From the beginnings of Aurignacian culture to the beginnings of the Magdalenian was a period of some 10,000 years, though it is not clear that this development took place in Europe by means of inventions. The neolithic culture appeared in Europe 5,000 years later. From neolithic times to the historic period and from the historic period on, the

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