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

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Overview

A bold, provocative history of our species finds the roots of civilization’s success and failure in our evolutionary biology.

We are living through the most prosperous age in all of human history, yet people are more listless, divided and miserable than ever. Wealth and comfort are unparalleled, and yet our political landscape grows ever more toxic, and rates of suicide, loneliness, and chronic illness continue to skyrocket. How do we explain the gap between these two truths? What's more, what can we do to close it?
 
For evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, the cause of our woes is clear: the modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies. We evolved to live in clans, but today most people don't even know their neighbors’ names. Traditional gender roles once served a necessary evolutionary purpose, but today we dismiss them as regressive.  The cognitive dissonance spawned by trying to live in a society we're not built for is killing us.
 
In this book, Heying and Weinstein cut through the politically fraught discourse surrounding issues like sex, gender, diet, parenting, sleep, education, and more to outline a provocative, science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life. They distill more than 20 years of research and first-hand accounts from the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth into straight forward principles and guidance for confronting our culture of hyper-novelty.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593086896
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 17,081
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein are evolutionary biologists who have been invited to ad­dress the US Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education, and have spoken before audi­ences across the globe. They both earned PhDs in Biology from the University of Michigan, where their research on evolution and adaptation earned awards for its quality and innovation. They have been visiting fellows at Princeton University, and before that were professors at the Ever­green State College for fifteen years. They resigned from Evergreen in the wake of 2017 campus riots that focused in part on their opposition to a day of racial segregation and other college “equity” proposals. They cohost weekly livestreams of the DarkHorse podcast.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Human Niche 1

2 A Brief History of the Human Lineage 19

3 Ancient Bodies, Modern World 39

4 Medicine 69

5 Food 75

6 Sleep 91

7 Sex and Gender 103

8 Parenthood and Relationship 123

9 Childhood 145

10 School 165

11 Becoming Adults 187

12 Culture and Consciousness 209

13 The Fourth Frontier 223

Epilogue 245

Afterword 247

Acknowledgments 251

Glossary 255

Recommended Further Reading 261

Notes 265

Index 291

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