Climate, Risk, and the Rise of Agriculture

Many Minds | 12 June 2024 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Matranga about his paper​ The Ant and the Grasshopper: Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture. Discusses his unifying theory of the rise of agriculture in our species; weaknesses of earlier explanations of agriculture, including explanations that focused on climate; the historical datasets he used to test his theory; the downstream effects that agriculture seems to have had; agriculture as a franchise model; Milankovitch Cycles; risk-aversion and consumption-smoothing; interloping in the debates of other disciplines; and how we inevitably project our own concerns onto the past.

See also the GrowthChat episode with Andrea Matranga.

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