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New review: After the Ice, by Steven Mithen

I've just uploaded my review of After The Ice, by Steven Mithen. This is a survey of human history after the Last Glacial Maximum in 20,000 BC. At the end of the book Mithen raises the interesting question of whether our adoption of an agricultural life style was a blessing or a curse. The answer, he concludes, is in our hands, depending on how we respond to the coming period of global warming, but he is not optimistic:

Our politicians might devise both the will and the means to curb pollution, to distribute resources fairly throughout the world, to provide new homes for displaced populations, and to preserve the natural world. They might do all these things. But they probably won't.

Depressing, but probably right.


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