One of the paradoxical things I discovered when I was researching the hunter-gatherer (vs. farmer-herder) type hypothesis, is that hunter-gatherer types are the ones who are least likely to hunt or support hunting for fun or trophy hunting. On the contrary, you will find most animal activists among hunter-gatherer types…


Louis Liebenberg’s book The Origin of Science (2021, available for free here) does a fantastic job of explaining how the origins of scientific investigation can be found in hunter-gatherer tracking and persistence hunt. Liebenberg concludes that these skills are the origin of scientific thinking.

The evolution of persistence hunting would…


A few years ago when investigating the connection between giftedness and ASD I came to the conclusion that what they have in common are hunter-minds (vs farmer minds). Gifted children and children on the spectrum have in common that they often clash with authority due to a higher than average…


Like many people out there I have been eagerly waiting for Steven Pinker’s book Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters (2021) to come out. It is a solid read that probably deserves its 4.5-star rating on Amazon. Pinker explains mostly what it is (overview of…


For the most part of the past century, humans had increasingly better lives in terms of material well-being, medical treatment and education. And yet, there is a paradox as mental health problems have tended to increase rather than decrease. …


When Texas passed a rigorous anti-abortion law this year, it caused an outcry among American liberals. My social media feed quickly showed memes that pointed out the hypocrisy of it all:

Many conservatives don’t get (of course it is bad to kill life) why we liberals protest against such laws…


“Man is born free but everywhere is in chains.” This quote made the Geneva-born political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau world famous. But why is it that this quote resonates much more with a minority of people than the majority? …


The literary work that is closest to my forager vs farmer hypothesis is Ishmael, a 1992 philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn. …


The People vs. Democracy (2018) by political analyst Yascha Mounk is a brilliant book about how liberalism has become separate from democracy. Liberals have become less democratic while illiberal politicians have. One example, mentioned in the book is the Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban, who started out as a liberal…


The Origins of You (2020) is a book by some of the most authoritative researchers in developmental psychology: Jay Belsky, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt and Richie Poulton. …

Andreas Hofer

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