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  • Civilized to Death

  • The Price of Progress
  • Geschrieben von: Christopher Ryan
  • Gesprochen von: Christopher Ryan
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 20 Min.
  • Ungekürztes Hörbuch
  • Kategorien: Geschichte, Welt
  • 4,7 out of 5 stars (49 Bewertungen)

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    The New York Times best-selling coauthor of Sex at Dawn explores the ways in which “progress” has perverted the way we live — how we eat, learn, feel, mate, parent, communicate, work, and die — in this “engaging, extensively documented, well-organized, and thought-provoking” (Booklist) book.

    Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending - balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are, and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the "progress" defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.

    Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Christopher Ryan questions, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? 

    Civilized to Death “will make you see our so-called progress in a whole new light” (Book Riot) and adds to the timely conversation that “the way we have been living is no longer sustainable, at least as long as we want to the earth to outlive us” (Psychology Today). Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.

    ©2019 Christopher Ryan (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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    Mindblowing

    Just like in his Book Sex at Dawn, Chris Ryan shows a different perspective to things we all seem to know and believe in.
    This is definitely worth reading and listening to, but beware of the mindblowing effects ;) you´ll see your life and the world with different eyes!

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    One of the most important books of our time

    The anthropological perspective on our situation is the sanest one we have. Life changing read.

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    Good for those looking to be depressed.

    Honestly, the best part is the intro, because it's slightly optimistic. The rest is so pessimistic and cynical that it just makes you want to skip to the nest depressing topic....I ended up skipping a lot.

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    • 13.10.2019

    Great, informative, thought inducing.

    The sheer facts stated make one think more thoroughly and perhaps clearly about our times, lives and path.
    Whether one disagrees or agrees with the author's conclusions and arguments, this book is more than worth reading or listening to for everyone in our "civilized" world.