A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century Summary

A bold, provocative history of our species finds the roots of civilization’s success and failure in our evolutionary biology.

We are living through the most prosperous age in all of human history, yet people are more listless, divided and miserable than ever. Wealth and comfort are unparalleled, and yet our political landscape grows ever more toxic, and rates of suicide, loneliness, and chronic illness continue to skyrocket. How do we explain the gap between these two truths? What's more, what can we do to close it?
For evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein, the cause of our woes is clear: the modern world is out of sync with our ancient brains and bodies. We evolved to live in clans, but today most people don't even know their neighbors’ names. Traditional gender roles once served a necessary evolutionary purpose, but today we dismiss them as regressive.  The cognitive dissonance spawned by trying to live in a society we're not built for is killing us.
In this book, Heying and Weinstein cut through the politically fraught discourse surrounding issues like sex, gender, diet, parenting, sleep, education, and more to outline a provocative, science-based worldview that will empower you to live a better, wiser life. They distill more than 20 years of research and first-hand accounts from the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth into straight forward principles and guidance for confronting our culture of hyper-novelty.

Book Reviews


Perspective for today through wisdom of yesterday5 star

This book provides valuable insight into the problems of 2021. Anyone interested in living a well lived life will appreciate this book.55


Compelling5 star

A book for everyone. A book to return to. To question ideals around you, to strive for better. Well researched, educational, soul striking. Couldn’t put it down. Great book.55


A breath of fresh air5 star

An honest and refreshing antidote to the darkest of today. I wish every chapter was longer but loved every minute of it.55


Possible solutions to challenges we are all facing today.5 star

Interesting, educated, informative take on the challenges we all are facing.55


Great content for everyone5 star

Many many eye popping ideals realized within!55

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