I have some further thoughts to share on UR (“UR”, by the way, refers to not only my initials but “the ultimate source or the start of everything” in Swedish, and as you may or may not know, is the city in the Bible from which Abraham originally came).
In fact it was probably in Africa, not in the Arabic part of the world, that humans first become humans. And guess what – there is evidence that this period, 100,000 to 10,000 years ago, was a period based on collaboration, peaceful conflict resolution and above all talk, talk, talk and more talk.
Swedish scientists have done extensive research on this and they found we first lived in small groups of 20 to 100 people who in any given week averaged 2.5 days for gathering and hunting and 4.5 days on talking. The conclusion they came to from this data was that the brain, the neurological system, and our hormonal systems have had 90,000 years of programming us for talk and collaboration, and only 10,000 years for competition and fighting.
Do you think this will have affected the constitution of the human being? Yes, I thought so! The World Café is a modern version of the oldest form of social construction humans know!!!