When I was a kid, fire was one of my favorite things, I loved starting them and feeding them, I still do. Maybe there’s a reason for that: A million years of hominid evo could make a pyro out of anyone.
LA Times) — The ability to control fire marks an evolutionary turning point: It would have kept our ancient relatives warm in unforgiving climes and allowed them to cook their food, releasing trapped nutrients and getting more caloric bang per bite. “Fire is more than simply a pleasant luxury — we have pretty good evidence that it was the basis for a tremendous number of changes in human evolution,” said Richard Wrangham, an evolutionary anthropologist at Harvard University who was not involved in the study.
Flames are so alluring that almost any glowing object appears beautiful to us. We can stare into the flickering plasma for hours, mesmerized, when many animals are spooked by the same sight. Another thing would have happened around those early campfires, the circle. The sense of us and them, the stirring of language and culture, unseen monsters lurking in the dimly lit horizon just out of sight. In some ways out present day cyber culture is a fractal representation of that age-old pattern. With flat monitors standing in for the fire and branching networks joining the circle.