Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,
Andrew
perspectivism

Luxurious forager instincts

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, but Robin Hanson is right way more than that because he's an overclocked wild spinner. He laps the truth at least twice an hour.

On foraging vs farming lifeways, I think he's on to more than he realizes:
This transition [ from foraging to farming (= digging + herding) ] meant huge changes in attitudes and behaviors, supported by modest still-slowly-continuing genetic changes and huge cultural changes. I hypothesize that the cultural pressures which long ago pushed folks from more natural forager ways into then-more-functional farming ways work better on poor people, so that rich folk less feel their pressure. If so, as folks get rich they would tend to revert back to the natural-feeling forager ways.
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