Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress

Author:   Christopher Ryan
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Audio
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9781508297673


Publication Date:   01 October 2019
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The New York Times bestselling 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.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, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species' long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization--and its costs. In Civilized to Death, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.

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Author:   Christopher Ryan
Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Audio
Imprint:   Simon & Schuster Audio
Dimensions:   Width: 14.70cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 14.00cm
Weight:   0.227kg
ISBN:  

9781508297673


ISBN 10:   1508297673
Publication Date:   01 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
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This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly. -- Andrew Weil, MD, on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha Helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly. -- Ilana Glazer on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha


This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly. -- Andrew Weil, MD, on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jeth Helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly. -- Ilana Glazer on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jeth


Helped me understand myself and the world so much more clearly. -- Ilana Glazer on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly. -- Andrew Weil, MD, on Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha


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Christopher Ryan and his work have been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Times of London, Playboy, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, the Atlantic, Outside, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think. A featured speaker from TED to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Ryan has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films. The author of Civilized to Death and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn, Ryan puts out a weekly podcast, called Tangentially Speaking, featuring conversations with interesting people, ranging from famous comics to bank robbers to drug smugglers to porn stars to authors to plasma physicists.

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