Based on the archeological evidence for our belief-begets-knowledge thesis in the previous chapter, in this chapter we develop a theoretical framework for this thesis.
Göbekli Tepe and Newgrange were constructed as information channels to a parallel, unseen world that appeared to control the world our Neolithic ancestors inhabited. These channels produced an experiential episodic ritual that enabled its participants to engage in communication with a higher universe in the sky, in the case of Göbekli Tepe, and in conversations with the dead about the afterlife in the case of Newgrange. The production of new scientific and engineering knowledge, and in the case of Göbekli Tepe, the start of the Neolithic revolution marking the seismic transition of the human species to sedentary agriculture and permanent village life, was only a by-product of these meaning-quest rituals.
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