Brazil’s New President Openly Threatens Genocide of Indigenous Amazonians

November 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm




Along with his pledge to sell off their rainforest home to agribusiness and mining, Bolsonaro has said openly “minorities will have to adapt … or simply disappear”

Credit: Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic

Why Modern Humans Need to Fast, Scientists Explain

July 19, 2017 at 8:21 pm




Why agricultural humans need to mimic the eating and non-eating patterns of hunter-gatherers

For hundreds of thousands of years, our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate food only intermittently. When they killed a large animal, the tribe feasted for days, when they didn’t, they might go a day or two without eating much or anything at all.

In the modern world, it is almost inconceivable for people to skip more than one meal. While we might think of it as a great advantage, our continual supply of calories actually comes along with many disadvantages.

What a Hunter-Gatherer Diet Did to a Man’s Gut Bacteria in Just Three Days

July 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

After just three days of living and eating with the Hadza gatherer-hunters, the gut flora of a relatively healthy British professor were transformed for the better.




Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiology professor at King’s College London, has been studying the “major influence” gut bacteria (and other microbes) have on our immune system, metabolism, mood and general health. What he and his colleagues have found is the greater the gut flora diversity – the more types of microbes – the better. High diversity is associated with low risk of obesity and all types of disease.

Laziness is Not a Sin

May 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

If your family was like mine, you probably grew up believing laziness is not only a sin, but one of seven deadly sins.




Maybe it wasn’t taught directly — or maybe your family wasn’t even religious — but the subconscious belief that lying around doing nothing is “bad” or “wrong” or a “waste of time” is the unspoken premise of all of civilization.

To have idle hands or an idle mind is considered sloth – “a habitual disinclination to exertion” – and sloth has been damnable ever since Adam and Eve got kicked out of Paradise.

Man Calls Work “Unnatural,” Goes on Permanent Bicycle Adventure

March 22, 2017 at 12:44 am

“I’m not ashamed that I don’t like to work,” a 37-year-old cyclist adventurer told Business Insider two years ago. “It’s just very unnatural.”




Like Alexander Supertramp, “Ultra Romance” has rejected the capitalist industrialist system he was born into and gone Into the Wild.

Oil Company Pulls Out of Amazonian Land Inhabited by Uncontacted Tribes

March 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm




Survival International – a non-profit that protects indigenous peoples from missionaries and mercenaries – just scared a Canadian oil company out of one of the last safe havens for uncontacted hunter-gatherer tribes in the world, deep in the Amazon jungle.

Once Upon a Time There Was No Such Thing as “Work”

February 24, 2017 at 2:30 am

“Work” was play for hunter-gatherers because it was varied, flexible, optional and there wasn’t too much of it. The minimal tasks required for their survival were skillful, fun and done in a social context.




In “civilized” societies, our worth as individuals is measured by how hard we work. From a young age, we learn our value is determined by our productivity.

As a culture, we have become so obsessed with the concept of “work,” our entire identity is wrapped up in what we do to make a “living.”

The good news is it hasn’t always been this way, which gives us hope that it doesn’t always have to be this way.

Why Aborigines Don’t Have Words for “Please” or “Thank You”

January 26, 2017 at 1:11 am

In a clip from the new documentary film Human, an aboriginal Australian man says his people never used words like “please” or “thank you” or “mine” until recently:




Jarawa Hunter-Gatherers Say They Don’t Want to Be Part of Our World

April 16, 2016 at 4:08 am

World’s oldest hunter-gatherers are being forced into civilization and treated like animals in a zoo

Sign the petition telling the government to leave them alone




Like the Hadza of East Africa, the Jarawa hunter-gatherers of the Andaman Islands also face extinction, thanks to the ever-expanding nature of agriculture and civilization.

Depression is A Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure

February 24, 2016 at 12:40 am




Depression is not a natural disease. It’s a disease caused by our high-stress, industrialized lifestyle, psychologist argues.

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