The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

This book reminds you how important geography is, but it also unwittingly reminds you how important history and culture are, and how certain core conceptions — our notions of individual agency, our assumptions about time and space, our moral intuitions about killing and individual dignity — have been shaped by our civilizations.

Leaving aside the weak arguments and the dreary exposition, there are periodic nuggets of fascinating research that do tell us more about who we are and why we came to be this way. But they are too few and too far between.