Increasingly I feel as if I live in a madhouse. I'm not being sarcastic.
In any given week, people's appraisal of the Neanderthals ability level depends on what was published the week prior. They have a selective memory that apparently changes from hour to hour.
All through the 1960's the remarkable kilns and furnaces discovered in Neanderthal camps were all the rage amongst anthropologists. They became politically incorrect and were stricken from memory. The new meme said that Neanderthals didn't even know how to make fire or transport it and in fact survived the entire 400,000 years of the ferocious ice age in Europe without fire. This is such lunacy it boggles the mind that a person could say this with a straight face. They kept this up for about 20 years and the evidence demonstrating otherwise conveniently vanished out of the textbooks.
When I was selling books in New York city in the late 1980's, I always set aside any textbooks I found in estates that appeared to be published before 1969. I would put them into a private box of my own marked for me to read. I never put them up for sale because I knew they were too valuable reflecting the period before political correctness took over the universities.
Last year scienmajists announced the opposite like it was a big revelation, apparently completely unacquainted with any anthropology older than the past 12 months.
Seriously, how easy is it to get a degree in anything nowadays? Standards have dropped to the point where the college degree like the U.S. Dollar isn't worth the paper it is printed on.