The Dawn of Everything - A New History of Humanity

2021.11.27 06:11 Thomas-Omalley The Dawn of Everything - A New History of Humanity

Anyone got a chance to read it yet? Been reading it (audiobook) for the past week and have mixed feelings. The authors say (from what I understand at least) that many of what we assume about the origin of society/inequality is false. Mostly going against the belief that hunter gatherers lived only in small communities were everyone knew one another and that farming is the first step in a chain of growth (food surplus>abandoning nomadic lifestyle for permanent ground>chiefdoms>chiefs>kingdoms>kings and farmers and so on).
While I enjoy learning about all sorts of "primative" cultures and understanding how diverse they were, I feel some of the interpratations and conclusions are weak. Just for a few examples:
The take on Steven Pinker's "Better Angels" arguement. The authors say that Pinker's evidence for higher levels of violence in prehistoric times are based on anecdotal evidence of early human bones found with arrows sticking into them/cracks from blows. Moreover, they give examples of people given the choice to live either in modern society or in a tribal life choosing the tribal life. This seems lazy imo. The stories of people choosing to abandon modern lifestyles are extreme cases and obviously anecdots. And from what I recall Pinker supported his claims with more than a few bones found with arrows stuck into them. Would love to hear a more educated take here.
They give examples of societies changing their structures in cold/warm or wet/dry seasons as an example of how complex tribal society can be. And how the idea that one could define societies by their resources (i.e. "what people eat defines their life") is foolish. While this was super interesting for me to discover, isn't this exactly a claim for a naturalistic view? Changing of the tribal structure with the changing seasons (and changing resources) is EXACTLY what a naturalist view would use as evidence for their claim - not only are societies determined by the available resources, here are examples of societies oscillating in resonance with changing resources.
The take on Yuval Noah Harari's comment on comparing early humans monkeys. This felt like a cheap blow. When Harari talked about prehistoric humans he claimed little is known and we cannot, for example, know if they were violent like baboons or gentle like bonobos. The authors take this as sort of proof for Harari's and others condescending/racist views. However, I've this sort of comparrison many times and believe it's only natural to compare ourselves to our relatives. Knowing Harari's work, I doubt he meant that early humans were "like monkeys" while modern humans are not, he probably thinks we are all pretty much "like monkeys". In short, the authors say Harari underminds early humans, I think the authors undermind baboons and bonobos.
In any case, enjoying the read and am still getting the overall picture - humans are complicated, and trying to give a short story on how life before farming looked like is foolish.
Is anyone else reading it? What are your thoughts? Would actually love to have the authors on the podcast!
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2021.11.27 06:11 dude_wheres_my_fries She has a BF, but I think she's into me? Or am I overthinking?

I (27M) started grad school grad school last August. A couple weeks later I reach out to the girl (22F), one of my classmates, and invite her to study with me. We realized we work really well together and we continue studying together. A couple weeks later, I realize I'm starting to fall for her. Around the same time, I learn she has a long distance boyfriend.
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I knew the entire time that she had a boyfriend, so I wouldn't have thought much of how we were hanging out. But there were these little things that she did that made it confusing. Our conversations got very personal. There were multiple times were she leaned her head on my shoulder or sat/stood really close to me when she didn't need to. According to my friend who sits next to her in class, she blushes or gets this little smile whenever my name comes up. She's talked to her friends back home about me but not to her boyfriend (as far as I understand). And the thing that made it really confusing for me is how her boyfriend never came up in our conversations, not even when we'd talk about our futures and our visions of our perfect lives.
All my friends tell me that she's into me, but I'd like some outside opinions. For a bit of context, she moved miles from home to go to grad school and she's having a bit of a tough time with the workload. It's also her first time being this far away from her family and friends, including her boyfriend who she's been with for a couple years. And bit of context about me: I'm generally the go to person when someone needs help with the material and I'm pretty much friends with my entire class.
TL;DR - My friend and the person I study with has a boyfriend but is sending me signals that she might be interested in me. Thoughts?
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