I'd say Jersey Shore...
Hunting and gathering
I'd say Jersey Shore...
I think this sort of primativist yearning exposes an unbelievably narrow view of 'utility' and 'good'. One of the most glaring things is that he dances around the issue of life expectancy by focusing on the physical 'degeneration' of early civilized man in terms of height and early average age. What he fails to mention is that the average life expectancy of a bushman in the Kalahari is something on the order of 35-50 years of age, what accounts for our vastly increased span on this earth? Our scientific and medical technology. From whence did it come? From the establishment of civilized society and the partitioning of skillsets and professions as a result of... agriculture. Diamond ignores all the technological marvels from flight, to computers, to penicillin, and beyond. He pays token attention to art but childishly points out that his primitive man "great paintings and sculptures were already being produced by hunter-gatherers 15,000 years ago" as a comparison to artistic innovation and development from the time of organized society onward. Pretty much every art historian would call bull**** on that right quick.
One could go on and on, but the point being Diamond dramatically undervalues, and that doesn't express it nearly well enough, the benefits of organized civilization. If they best he can muster is that we had better bone density, were taller (for a little bit), and had less risk of incidence for various diseases (again wildly controversial and ignores... modern medicine) then he's making a pretty crap argument.
One particular group of hunter-gatherers made a spectacular error by feeding and educating some incompetent starving agriculturalists. They even tried to persuade them to move to a more appropriate place for their colony at Jamestown. That didn't end well for them.
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"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
It would be far worse both ecologically and for humanity, imho.
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I'm not familiar with any hunting society that wasn't a barbaric wrecking train.
See: Mongols, Huns, Goths, Vikings.
On a certain level hunter gatherer society's had it made. They worked a couple of hours a day to feed themselves and had lots of free time for art, religion and whatever recreational-religion drug they could find. Their needs were food and shelter, nothing more and life was simple. Imagine no alarm clocks, no boss, no economic concerns no bills etc. On the other hand an abscessed tooth was a long miserable death sentence as was a compound fracture. With all it's foibles I'll take modern life but I admit the romanticized version of being a hunter gatherer does sometimes seem appealing.