Society for Applied Anthropology
Santa Fe, NM
This paper reviews and assesses recent scholarship that focuses on the lessons that contemporary societies can learn from our hunting/gathering ancestors. The paper examines social organization for 99% of human history, with particular attention given to dominant “relational structures”: and modes of adaptation (cognitive, appreciative, moral, and technical) to the “physico-chemical, “organic,” and “telic” environments, on the institutional, symbolic, and self-identity levels. The paper then goes on to sketch fundamental relational and adaptive shifts as a result of the agricultural, industrial, digital revolutions, as well as scenarios for the emerging transhumanist age (involving the increasing merger of human and machine).
Dabrowski, Irene J. and Haynor, Anthony L., "MOVING FORWARD BY LOOKING BACK Hunting/Gathering Societies and Models for the Future" (2017). Praxis Presentations. 8.