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The world until yesterday : what can we learn from traditional societies?

Author: Jared M Diamond
Publisher: New York : Viking, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years -- until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms -- and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared M Diamond
ISBN: 9780670024810 0670024813
OCLC Number: 822891357
Description: pages cm
Contents: Prologue: At the airport --
Part one: Setting the stage by dividing space. (1. Friends, enemies, strangers, and traders) --
Part two: Peace and war. (2. Compensation for the death of a child ; 3. A short chapter, about a tiny war ; 4. A longer chapter, about many wars) --
Part three: Young and old. (5. Bringing up children ; 6. The treatment of old people: cherish, abandon, or kill?) --
Part four: Danger and response. (7. Constructive paranoia ; 8. Lions and other dangers) --
Part five: Religion, language, and health. (9. What electric eels tell us about the evolution of religion ; 10. Speaking in many tongues ; 11. Salt, sugar, far, and sloth) --
Epilogue: at another airport.
Responsibility: Jared Diamond.

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Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years -- until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms -- and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

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