“Challenging change” – extract from A Foot in the River

We are a weird species. Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering
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We are a weird species. Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live – our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values – seems to be changing at an ever accelerating pace. The effects can be dislocating, baffling, sometimes terrifying. Why is this? Felipe Fernández-Armesto offers a radical answer to this fundamental question of human history – and speculates on what it might mean for our future. The following extract describes the importance of change in developing human culture. If we want to understand what is special about our planet and about our own species, we have to begin by confronting an even deeper problem: the problem of change. Why do we not live in a stable—or at least a more stable—world? Why do we. . .

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