A life of hunting and gathering had advantages over one of farming and settlement.
Illustration by Golden Cosmos
Civilisation’s pivotal moments — the neolithic revolution, when our ancestors moved from hunter-gatherer to settled agrarian society, and the development of writing — may not be progress after all. John Lanchester explains how “every complicated and beautiful thing humanity ever made has, if you look at it long enough, a shadow, a history of oppression”. (New Yorker)