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By Richard Manning

ISBN-10: 1466823429

ISBN-13: 9781466823426

During this provocative, wide-ranging booklet, Richard Manning bargains a dramatically revisionist view of contemporary human evolution, starting with the gigantic bring up in mind measurement that set us except our primate relations and taken an accompanying elevate in our want for nourishment. For 290,000 years, we controlled to satisfy that want as hunter-gatherers, a country within which Manning believes we have been at our so much human: at our smartest, most powerful, such a lot sensually alive. yet our reliance on meals made a safe provide deeply beautiful, and at last we embarked upon the rural scan that has been the background of our earlier 10,000 years.

The evolutionary street is affected by failed experiments, although, and Manning means that agriculture as we have now practiced it runs opposed to either our grain and nature's. Drawing at the paintings of anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, and philosophers, with his personal travels, he argues that not just our ecological ills-overpopulation, erosion, pollution-but our social and emotional malaise are rooted within the devil's cut price we made in our not-so-distant earlier. And he deals own, conceivable methods we'd re-contour the trail we've got taken to resurrect what's such a lot sustainable and maintaining in our personal nature and the planet's.

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