Friday, January 18, 2013

Humans are humans

Between the paleo diets and the spate of articles on child-rearing and education (examples here, here, and here), hunters and gatherers are apparently getting their fifteen minutes of fame. I tend to take these articles with a grain of salt, since I don’t know how idealized their portrayal of hunter-gatherer life is, or how much of it can transfer over to life in our very different society. On the whole, though, I’m glad people are writing them. I think it’s nice to be reminded that there are a lot of ways to live in the world. When the box is so small that our school administrators can’t even imagine giving the kids ten more minutes at lunch every day, anything that helps people think outside it is all to the good..

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