Civilization: Recalculating the Price of Progress

The Next Big Idea | 7 July 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Ryan abut ideas from his book Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. Explores, with an evolutionary psychology perspective, what we can learn from people in non-civilised societies, who tend to be healthier, happier and more fulfilled, notwithstanding their lack of cutting edge science and technology.

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  1. “There are still hierarchies. We are primates, and virtually all social primates are hierarchical…” (min. 13) but on the other hand, these societies are “fiercely egalitarian.”

    Would be interesting to know more about status in hunter-gatherer society, particularly male-female, adult-child, inter-tribal relationships, and the role of elders.

    The question of what level of violence is natural for hunter-gatherers also seems to be an unsettled.

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