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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 science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life.

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Would Strongly Recommend

Heather has a much nicer voice than Bret but great to listen to still.
More books like this need to be popularised.

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  • hnbrgo
  • 09-30-21

Excellent material but reading is too fast.

Excellent very educational material but the authors reading is too fast to have time to digest interesting material

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  • nightman fighter of the dayman
  • 10-14-21

Evolution to justify bigotry and tradition

I was struggling to get through this already as the authors seem determined to use evolutionary biology as an explanation and a justification for perpetuating historical stereotypes and biases. The repeated notions of it being in our ancestral genes to have rigidly assigned gender roles was grating enough (especially when numerous studies have shown a psychological bias generating these over and above our genetics). Alongside this there is a repeated idea of adherence to new age ideology, refusal to eat gmo, rejection of numerous aspects of modern agriculture and technology.

The moment when I entirely gave up on this book was when the authors start delving into transgender theory and tell the reader to 'not indulge young people who are struggling with gender identity' because 'true' transgender people are 'incredibly rare'. That such a bigoted, regressive take on gender theory and sexuality could be published by two professors is totally beyond me.

Throughout the book they justify their traditional ideologies with their wealth of personal experience in the field (look at all these exotic field expeditions we've been on! ) yet in reality, they are utilising notions of evolutionary biology and genetic theory to maintain and justify their regressive, traditional, Christian ideology whilst outright rejecting with no justification the huge advances in gender theory, sexuality, and any alternatives to the nuclear Christian family unit.

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  • Mark Bannister
  • 10-14-21

More of the same

One morning, on a mild October day, I sat down to do some design work as I often do and decided to start listening to this book. By the end of that same day I had finished the book without once wanting to remove my earpieces (except for meals, toilet breaks and a short walk when the sun appeared for about an hour at 2pm). You might think that such a response would constitute a 5 star review across the board. However, I can say that I have been a great fan of Heather and Bret for a long time and have particularly enjoyed every episode of their Darkhorse podcast. In light of this, it seems my excitement for this book was slightly overhyped... but that is entirely my own fault. If you already know Bret and Heathers way then there is nothing revelatory, new or astonishing in this book. It is more of the same (and that is by no means a bad thing!) their clear cutting, well analysed and prudently applied evolutionary lens is always a treat to behold. So if you want more of the same, plus some touching stories from their past, then this book is most likely tailored for you. If on the other hand you are not familiar with the biological power-couple. Then I implore you - read this book. The evolutionary lens is one of several spyglass' supreme through which everyone needs to be able to peep... in short, this book is a must.

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  • Paul
  • 11-02-21

Terrible.

This is a delusional self help book. No theories based in fact or science. They are clearly using evolutionary biology as a way keep their conservative views in society. It gave me some good laughs in places... Although unintentionally. I give myself 5 stars for managing to finish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

Do not recommend

Evolutionary psychology is not scientifically legit. Plus a lot of agenda pushing. Returned.
...and I hate "niche" pronounced like this.

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  • Piotr L.
  • 10-13-21

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Absolutely love it.
Shout out to Heather and Bret.
Great work! it's a real gem.

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  • Jiri
  • 11-28-21

Thought provoking and enjoyable

Outstanding and brave book. It opens many topics that others avoid. What it also brings is a scientific and evidence research. That explains in details many phenomenas discussed in this book. Another interesting angle is the fact both authors travelled together to parts of the world that are not usually frequented by tourists and documented the wisdom and observations. Nice work, thank you Heather & Bret.

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  • Geoff Minto
  • 11-24-21

Enjoyed this.

As a fan of their podcast, I enjoyed Bret and Heather's ideas on modern living. They both bring years of critical thinking to bear on how we all live our lives and how we might improve the experience. Well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-21

Chesterton's book!

Great book! I've been following the Weinstein's for some time now and have learned a lot about biology, complex systems, thus my bias towards them is something to keep in mind!. This book provides a set of toolkits to dissect our modern world. For me the book has highlighted how many of us, including myself, take the modern way of life to be all, end all. We try to fit within a ever evolving system, that leave little to no room to being human. To understand our past, and biological makeup, gives us a chance to see clearly and navigate through the noise that is 2021. Both Bret and Heather do a wonderful job of telling stories from throughout their lives while threating wisdom into the overall narrative Some of the biology talk does lose my at points, though that might be from my own limited knowledge of both subject and language used within the field I

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  • 1984_is_now
  • 11-22-21

A fascinating breath of fresh air

Loved this book from start to finish. Sometimes you learn things that resonate with you somewhere deep in your core, and this book does that. A lot.

In reference to some of the negative reviews here - the genuine ones anyway - before you begin this book be prepared to have an open mind. Forget social norms and mainstream media messages.

I learned a lot from this book - especially the section about children and their development.

My only gripe is that Heather speaks too quickly! I had to go to 0.95 speed which was perfect to catch every word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

Past can help our future.

Fabulous, well articulated ideas that explain our past and gives ideas for a truly liveable future. Beautifully read by the authors. This book is written for all levels of scientific experience but isn't 'dumbed down' so as to be of no interest to those with higher education. For a book decades in the pipeline it is timeless . Wish I could have been taught by these two Professors! Now we all can.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-21

A Novel Novel

If your welded to your ideas you won’t enjoy this book, if you can’t think critically again you might not enjoy this book.

Challenging ideas, unorthodoxy, biology and free thought…. I was left wanting more… a lot more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-21

Interesting and insightful

I really enjoyed this. Having only a very basic, foggy knowledge of evolution and biology from high school I found the information really interesting and also easy enough to understand for my un-scientific brain. I like the idea of ‘hyper novelty’ and found myself agreeing with their ideas and suggestions via their ‘corrective lens’. It makes you realise just how far we have come from our ancestors and how continuing down this path might not necessarily be the best way forward . I would recommend to anyone willing to think critically about where we are as an industrialised society and what we can be doing to create a better future. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-21

Absolutely loved every second.

So wonderfully constructed. Bret and Heather are an absolute breath of fresh air, in the crazy world we live it. Thank you.

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  • Clyde
  • 11-22-21

Earned its name.

I was suspicious initially, concerned over the authors motivations in light of their recent messaging blunders, but ultimately relieved and inspired by this work. It was insightful, clear sighted and genuinely lives up to its title as A Hunter Gatherers Guide To The 21st Century.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-21-21

good common sense

lots of good common sense and practical example of way to approach modern life . common sense or street smarts is very lacking in most people's life's so it's a must read . be part is access risk in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

Exceptional

A wonderfully mind-opening book. Thank you for informing me on so much I knew so little about

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  • Alex
  • 11-03-21

Absolutely brilliant

Highly, highly recommend this book. It's filled with the perfect mix of ancient wisdom and modern analytical methods to diagnose and describe the major issues facing us today. Pragmatic and smart, it tells narratives we can all relate to and need to hear.

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  • reuben
  • 11-02-21

This could be a text book in all schools!

This book is both alarming and inspiring.
The authors are positive and offer sage advise. Saving humanity is doable and this book awakens in me a true desire to go there, be my best self and absolutely do what l can/must do to ensure we survive. Thank you! Ps l am reading it again!!!

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  • Naomi Rogers Twyford
  • 11-02-21

Fair warning given brilliantly

despite the author's well thought out, probably genius level assessment of the problem(s) facing our species, and even the hints at solutions, I suspect this fair warning will be summarily ignored by our current leaders.
let's see what can be salvaged of humanity after our inevitable, 21st century fall from grace