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If you hate your job, blame the Agricultural Revolution

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Photo by Evi Radauscher on Unsplash. Article by Adam Frank. Big Think – April 2, 2021.

Hunter-gatherers probably had more spare time than you

  • For the species Homo sapiens, the Agricultural Revolution was a good deal, allowing the population to grow and culture to advance. But was it a good deal for individuals?
  • Hunter-gatherers likely led lives requiring far less daily work than farmers, leading one anthropologist to call them the “original affluent society.”
  • The transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers may have occurred as a kind of trap in which the possibility of surplus during good years created population increases that had to be maintained. […]

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