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Born Expecting the Pleistocene: Psychology and the Problem of Civilization By Mark Seely
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Anarcho-primitivism meets psychological science to provide a unique perspective on the mismatch between our evolved human nature and the demands of life in a global industrial civilization. Our... More > sophisticated psychological systems reflect a finely tuned response to more than two million years of life in small, broadly egalitarian foraging bands. Civilization represents a catastrophic disruption of this response, redirecting our natural proclivities in the service of a planet-devouring machine. But all is not lost. The very elements of our psychology that keep us yoked to civilization’s drivetrain are also the source of our potential liberation, lynchpins that can be released as we work to reclaim our freedom.< Less
Born Expecting the Pleistocene: Psychology and the Problem of Civilization By Mark Seely
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Part science, part social criticism, part manifesto. Born Expecting the Pleistocene charts the mismatch between human psychology and modern civilization. Our sophisticated psychological systems are... More > products of more than two million years of finely-tuned adaptation to life as foraging hunter-gatherers. Civilization represents a catastrophic disruption and redirection of these systems.< Less
Anarchist by Design: Technology and Human Nature By Mark Seely
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The technological order—the expanding web of physical technologies and bureaucratic systems of control that we call global civilization—exists despite our evolutionary preparation for a... More > distinctly different kind of society: communities of near equals in which participation is voluntary. Anarchy—society founded on organic and direct relations with others, unmediated by artificial systems of power and authority—is the natural and preferred social state for human beings. Anarchist by Design promotes the intentional dismantling of technological society, not merely to provide relief from the corrosive effects it has on individual freedom, and not to be replaced by something else, but in order to allow natural modes of social organization—underwritten by evolved psychological systems that continue to limp along beneath the surface, deformed, repressed, and misdirected—to have healthy and unfettered expression.< Less
Anarchist by Design: Technology and Human Nature By Mark Seely
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Anarchist by Design makes the bold claim that anarchy—society founded on organic and direct relations with others, unmediated by artificial systems of power and authority—is the natural... More > and preferred social state for human beings. There is a dramatic mismatch between global civilization, with its expanding technology and bureaucratic systems of forced participation, and our evolutionary preparation for life in small communities of near equals where participation is voluntary. Technology lies at the heart of the issue. Anarchist by Design promotes the dismantling of technological society, not merely to provide relief from the corrosive effects it has on individual freedom, and not to be replaced by something else, but in order to allow natural modes of social organization—underwritten by evolved psychological systems that continue to limp along beneath the surface, deformed, repressed, and misdirected—to have healthy and unfettered expression.< Less