A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life by Heather Heying, Bret Weinstein 0593086880 9780593086889
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A provocative exploration of the tension between our evolutionary history and our modern woes--and what we can do about it.

We are living through the most prosperous age in all of human history, yet we are listless, divided, and miserable. Wealth and comfort are unparalleled, but our political landscape is unmoored, and rates of suicide, loneliness, and chronic illness continue to skyrocket. How do we explain the gap between these truths? And how should we respond?

For evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, the cause of our troubles is clear: the accelerating rate of change in the modern world has outstripped the capacity of our brains and bodies to adapt. We evolved to live in clans, but today many people dont even know their neighbors names. In our haste to discard outdated gender roles, we increasingly deny the flesh-and-blood realities of sex--and its ancient roots. The cognitive dissonance spawned by trying to live in a society we are not built for is killing us.

In this book, Heying and Weinstein draw on decades of their work teaching in college classrooms and exploring Earths most biodiverse ecosystems to confront todays pressing social ills--from widespread sleep deprivation and dangerous diets to damaging parenting styles and backward education practices. Asking the questions many modern people are afraid to ask, A Hunter-Gatherers Guide to the 21st Century outlines a science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life.      

Author: Heather Heying, Bret Weinstein

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Publisher: Portfolio

Publication Date: 2021-09-14


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