Pandora's Seed: Why the Hunter-Gatherer Holds the Key to Our Survival (Paperback)
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Short Description for Pandora's Seed Originally published in hardcover in 2010.
- Published: 13 September 2011
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780812971910 ISBN 10: 0812971914
- Sales rank: 172,814
Full description for Pandora's Seed
Ten thousand years ago, our species made a radical shift in its way of life: We became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers. Although this decision propelled us into the modern world, renowned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells demonstrates that such a dramatic change in lifestyle had a downside that we're only now beginning to recognize. Growing grain crops ultimately made humans more sedentary and unhealthy and made the planet more crowded. The expanding population and the need to apportion limited resources created hierarchies and inequalities. Freedom of movement was replaced by a pressure to work that is the forebear of the anxiety millions feel today. Spencer Wells offers a hopeful prescription for altering a life to which we were always ill-suited. "Pandora's Seed" is an eye-opening book for anyone fascinated by the past and concerned about the future.