读书笔记 A Day in the Life of Adam and Eve
In other words, the average forager had wider, deeper and more varied knowledge of her immidiate surroundings than most of her modern descendants. Today, most people in industrial societies don't need to know much about the natural world in order to survive. ....
There is evidence that the size of the average Sapiens brain has actually decreased since the age of foraging.
The forager's secret of sccuss, which protected them from starvation and malnutrition, was their varied diet. ... The variety ensured that the ancient foragers received all the necessary nutrients.
Ancient foragers also suffered from infectious disease. Most of the infectious diseases that have plagued agricultural and industrial societies originated in domesticated animals and were transferred to humans only after the Agricultural Revolution. Ancient foragers, who had domesticated only dogs, were free of these scourges. Moreover, most people in agricultural and industrial societies lived in dense, unhygenic permanent settlements - ideal hotbeds for disease.
The wholesome and varied diet, the relatively short working week, and the rarity of infectious diseases have led many experts to define the pre-agricultural forager societies as 'the original affulent societies'.