The World Until Yesterday

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Written by Jared Diamond

  For tens of thousands of years humans lived in small hunter-gatherer bands.  Suddenly, in evolutionary times, everything changed abruptly and our traditional way of life was replaced by modern societies. In The World Until Yesterday Diamond details his personal experiences as an anthropologist and geographical scientist among Papua New Guinea highlanders, Inuits, the San and others.  He compares the benefits and deficits of the "traditional" way of life of our ancestors with the deficits and benefits of modern urban society.  We moderns often do not come off so well, especially with regard to chronic disease, with the stone age hunter gatherers.  Diamond offers some suggestions as how we "moderns" could improve our societies and lifestyles by adopting some of the practices of "primitive" people. 

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