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Single Idea 20655

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / e. Human nature]

Full Idea

Anthropology shows that the hunter-gathering lifestyle has occupied 99.5 per cent of the time humans have been on earth.

Gist of Idea

Humans have been hunter-gatherers for 99.5% of their existence


Peter Watson (Convergence [2016], 13 'Emergence')

Book Reference

Watson,Peter: 'Convergence' [Simon and Schuster 2016], p.305

A Reaction

If you are trying to understand humanity, you ignore this fact at your peril. Even agriculture is only a tiny part of our history, and that only disappeared as a major human activity (in many nations) in the last hundred years.