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Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century

Heather Heying & Bret Weinstein

A bold, provocative exploration of the tension between our evolutionary history and our modern woes - and what we can do about it

We are living through the most prosperous age in all of human history, yet we are listless, divided and miserable. Wealth and comfort are unparalleled, but our political landscape is unmoored, and rates of suicide, loneliness and chronic illness continue to skyrocket. How do we explain the gap between these truths? And how should we respond?

For evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, the cause of our woes is clear: the modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies. We evolved to live in clans, but today many people don't even know their neighbours' names. Survival in our earliest societies depended on living in harmony with nature, but today the food we eat, the work we do - even the light we absorb - is radically different from what our minds and bodies evolved to expect.

In this book, Heying and Weinstein draw on decades of their work teaching in college classrooms and exploring earth's most biodiverse ecosystems to confront today's pressing social ills - from widespread sleep deprivation and dangerous diets to damaging parenting styles and backward education practices. A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century outlines a science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life.

Heather Heying:

I explore the world through science and story.

I love to discover new things—places, ideas, relationships, organisms, processes, foods. I create with words, with hypotheses, with craft. I grew up in Los Angeles, have lived all up and down the West coast of the United States, and also lived in Michigan for many years. For months at a time, I have conducted research and lived in parts of Central America, as well as Madagascar.

I have fallen in love with the Amazon and with Istanbul, with the Sea of Cortez and with Rome. Archipelagos I have known and hope to return to include Bocas del Toro and Kuna Yala in Panama, Galápagos in Ecuador, the San Juan and Gulf Islands in the U.S. and Canada, and the Exumas in the Bahamas.

Bret Weinstein:

Dr. Bret Weinstein has spent two decades advancing the field of evolutionary biology, and is currently working to uncover the evolutionary meaning of large scale patterns in human history, and seeking a game theoretically stable path forward for humanity.

Dr. Weinstein earned a PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan, where he was given the Don Tinkle Award for distinguished work in Evolutionary Ecology, and he earned a BA in Biology from UCSC.

He was a professor at The Evergreen State College for 14 years. He and his wife, Heather Heying, resigned in the wake of 2017 campus riots that focused in part on Weinstein and Heying’s opposition to a day of racial segregation and other college “equity” proposals.


Category:  Popular Science
ISBN:  9781800750944
Publisher:  Faber & Faber
On sale:  October 2022
Format:  Paperback
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