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The World Until Yesterday

Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday

by Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday

Jared Diamond

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The World Until Yesterday identifies some of the most valuable lessons we can learn from societies of the past like hunter-gatherers, including how to resolve conflicts better, more effective ways to raise children, how to stay healthier for longer, and much more.

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The World Until Yesterday

by Jared Diamond

The World Until Yesterday

Jared Diamond

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Around 11,000 years ago, our human ancestors shifted from their hunter-gatherer lifestyle to an agricultural one. With this change came a dramatic increase in food availability and other technology that helped the population explode. Soon, cities were born. Along with cities came governance and many other aspects of society we now recognize.

Life became easier but people started facing new kinds of problems. These days, when things go wrong in society, we tend to look for new ideas or technologies to solve our problems. But how often do we look to the past? If we did, we might be able to learn a thing or two.

In The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies by Jaren Diamond, we take a fascinating look into what we can learn from traditional societies. Though we benefit greatly from modern conveniences, there are valuables things we can learn from societies of old about how to do everything from raising kids to settling disputes.

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"Factual knowledge is not always sufficient by itself to motivate an adaptive behavior. At times a symbolic belief system that departs from factual reality fares better."

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