In this clip, a YouTuber has synced the "Dawn of Man" clip to one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs, "One of These Days."
So is this scene really about human evolution? Is it really about apes encountering alien technology way back in prehistory, which inspires them to use tools, which in turn eventually leads to the modern space program?
Or is this an allegory of a more recent time, another time when people were wasting time arguing over useless plots of land? Is this an allegory of a more recent encounter with alien technology, an encounter that may well have resulted in the overnight development of advanced electronics and the like? An event which some believe instantly revolutionized human communications and gave birth to a space program that created standing human colonies in space? Maybe a more recent encounter, also somewhere in the desert, similar to what we see here?
And would that have anything to do with the fact that most of the film- and certainly the sequence immediately after "The Dawn of Man" - is explicitly about an government coverup of an alien encounter?
That transition with the bone to the satellite does seem awfully sudden. And as we've looked at, the tech in 2001 still seems awfully contemporary. Disturbingly contemporary, even.
So all of you at home and at work, play the Allegory Game with me! What are we really looking at here? I'll leave you with this quote from Heywood Floyd from :
"Now, I'm sure you're all aware of the extremely grave potential for cultural shock and social disorientation contained in this present situation, if the facts were prematurely and suddenly made public without adequate preparation and conditioning."