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

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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

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 don’t 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 In our haste to discard outdated gender roles, we increasingly deny the flesh-and-blood realities of sex—and its ancient roots.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 Earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems to confront today’s 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-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century outlines a science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life.

*This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF containing illustrations and charts from the book.

Heather Heying
hr min
September 14
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

Noir_Ø ,

2+2 ≠ 5

Excelente Audio/Book. Thank you Heather & Bret for creativity building bridges to the subject matter.

anon-science ,

At best, awful book. Hard to get through.

What I thought would be a book on plants turned out to be a twisted evolutionary principle with little in actual science and much more in seemingly biblical principle. If you truly believe in principle science, DO NOT read this book.

harmonik ,

Egos lead to subtle disingenuity.

This covers a wide range of evolutionary topics that will be of interest to thinking people, but their egos have too much control over their writing. After pointing out the naturalistic fallacy, they coyly grip it, along with indirectly phrased ideological stances… plus many important scientific facts… and perform a juggling act. If you want accessible writing, with a more sincere scientific approach to many of these topics, see Sarah B. Hrdy’s books.

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