Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization
10,000 years ago, humans made a decision to change our relationship with nature: instead of hunting and gathering, we developed agriculture. In this groundbreaking new book, Spencer Wells reveals that this seemingly simple transition set in motion the most significant changes in the history of humanity, the unforeseen costs of which we are living with now.
Wells takes us back to that moment that changed human history forever to trace the origins of some of the most important problems in our world today. From global terrorism and climate change to swine flu, AIDS and obesity, the root causes lie in the biological implications of agriculture. Wells shows how humanity's move away from hunting and gathering has impacted on our bodies, our society and our planet and asks: is there a fatal mismatch between western culture and our biology that is making us ill, both mentally and physically?
Only through rediscovering humanity's needs and questioning the cultural progression we have achieved as a species, can we hope to understand what it means to be human in the modern world.