AS AN UNDERGRAD, I ended up in archaeology class. It was by accident really, since I needed an extra course credit and the departmental signup stands during orientation were alphabetically arranged. Although ancient human history was, for the most part, a dry and stone-tool filled affair, it’s stuck with me how many really difficult questions were raised the moment our hominid ancestors decided to wear jewelry, carry talismans of various kinds, and started believing in things bigger than themselves.
Somewhere in the past our species crossed a line from basic, animal consciousness to being altogether more preoccupied with the supernatural. It’s something that’s stayed with us ever since.