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Question for the Collective [Jul. 11th, 2010|08:44 am]

A question from the beach reading I did last week. If you dumped a bunch of people off on a planet and left them with not much technological goods (think maybe a generator that'd last a year or so) how long would it take for them to develop a society that had forgotten about the place they originated? 

[User Picture]From: kerlin
2010-07-11 01:49 pm (UTC)
Are you talking, lost the actual historical thread of where they came from, or also completely erased from their oral culture? It would also depend on whether an historian was dropped with the group. I know if I were, I'd write it all down and teach others so it wouldn't be lost. :)
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[User Picture]From: fleetwood896
2010-07-11 07:16 pm (UTC)
let's assume it's a bunch of settlers who were variously skilled but probably tending towards immediately practical skills (farming, animal husbandry, government, etc.)

and yeah, no oral or written record of origin on the planet.
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[User Picture]From: buymeaclue
2010-07-12 11:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, what's meant by "lost" was my question, too. If you're just going for, "No conscious awareness of the details of previous culture as such," you could probably get that within a couple of generations, given the right (wrong?) circumstances and set of people. But "no relationship whatsoever between current culture and workings of previous," I don't know that you could ever get.
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