Technological advancement often has a sting in its tail4 min read 17 May 2022, 11:10 PM IST
Much of what made our lives better has also worsened life in ways that we understood only later
In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari made the somewhat controversial statement that human beings have been domesticated by wheat. While this might be hard for us to swallow, given our anthropocentric sense of self-importance, the argument itself is difficult to dismiss. After all, it was not long after we learnt how to farm wheat that the entire species pretty much gave up the hunter-gatherer life it was physiologically suited to—for the much harder life of farming.
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