on 29 April 2015
If this book doesn't change your life and the way you see the world either you're very blessed and have found a great way to live already or you're not really understanding it and the way we as humans need to change our habitual patterns of eating, sleeping, taking exercise,thinking, being part of the community and enjoying the natural world. Everything we do can be shifted to behaviours closer to the way humans are designed and have evolved to live naturally, from singing and dancing more to ditching high-density carbs from our diets, spending more time with real people not on-line and whenever we're outside really noticing the world around us and looking for changes. I love this book. The simple ways are best and happiness is far more accessible if we are ready to change the way we live.
The book is written by serious practitioners, it is based on mountains of research and it's not a light-weight journalist's piece glued together with hear-say and pop-psychology. Research from all branches of science and pre-history, archaeology, anthropology, biology, psychology, physiology give it sound foundations but it is highly readable if you give it the attention the subject richly deserves. There are some life stories but they're not the made-up sort designed to make a point - these are real people whose research has lead them to make serious changes in their own lives.
Too many of us seem to live off-kilte: this book explains where many of the "advances" of civilisation have lead us astray but shows how with subtle changes which don't involve moving thousands of miles or even changing job, it is possible to find a much better way to live.
on 17 March 2015
This is perhaps the most important book I've ever purchased and I have many - I'm something of a book fetishist,particularly with regards to those relating to health and fitness.
It is important to understand that this book does not suggest abandoning a civilised,modern existence in order to forage,hunt animals and wear their skins (however appealing that sounds). Rather,it presents our body & mind's essential states & processes from an evolutionary perspective and how these are affected by environmental influences and our behaviours and habits.
While the scientific research that underpins many of the book's assertions is comforting,upon hearing many of the arguments you will instinctively know that what is being said makes sense. Well,that was certainly my experience.
Some of you may be perfectly content with your lives but if you are at all disaffected with modern living and are suffering from one of many diseases of culture then this book will go a long way to providing relief.