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

Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2013
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Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday, in evolutionary time, when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions. The book gives a picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jared Diamond
ISBN: 9780713998986 0713998989 9781846147586 1846147581
OCLC Number: 826179747
Description: xi, 499 s., [32] s. med tavler : ill. (nogle i farver)
Contents: Indhold: Setting the stage by dividing space (Friends, enemies, strangers, and traders). Peace and war (Compensation for the death of a child ; A shorth chapter, about a tiny war ; A longer chapter, about many wars). Young and old (Bringing up children ; The treatment of old people : cherish, abandon, or kill?). Danger and response (Constructive paranoia ; Lions and other dangers). Religion, language, and health (What electric eels tell us about the evolution of religion ; Speaking in many tongues ; Salt, sugar, fat, and sloth)
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Explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health. In this book, the author reveals how tribal societies offer a window into  Read more...

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