Spencer Wells; Pandora’s Seed, the unforeseen cost of civilization

Geneticist, anthropologist & explorer Spencer Wells identifies some surprising consequences of the Neolithic shift from hunter-gatherer lifestyle to agricultural settlement. I found some of the science to be quite tough going, but the book is not over-long and very worthwhile, especially in the final chapter where he philosophises beautifully and powerfully about cultural myths and makes some astute observations about how and why the present one is so acutely inappropriate.

ISBN 978-0-713-99755-2 (1 copy in Suffolk Libraries?)

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