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Was the dawn of agriculture a benefit or a tragedy for humans?
In typical linear-thinking fashion, the great majority of scholars consider the dawn of agriculture and animal husbandry the boon that propelled us forward as a species so we became “masters” of our planet.
Is that really the case? An apt quote from Sophocles to consider here:
“Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.”
Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jared Diamond (“Guns, Germs and Steel” and “Collapse”) wrote an early passionate thesis about Agriculture titled, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race.” Here is the link to a 1999 Discover Magazine article on it:
Also, the astonishing new finds at the huge 11,500-year-old temple complex at Gobekli tepe in Turkey are very informative: A large cooperative group of Stone Age hunter – gatherers, not agrarians, built it. And, as the archaeologist states at the end of this wonderful National Geographic film on Gobekli tepe, the genesis of this sophisticated architecture surely went farther back into the Ice Age itself!
National Geographic Gobekli tepe film (44 minutes)
Gobekli tepe Google Images search