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pure-awesome · 2019-09-04 · Original thread
There's a book called "The Secret of Our Success" which covers this topic. https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Our-Success-Evolution-Domestic...

I have not read the book, but I've read a pretty good summary and blog post about it here (~7'700 words): https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/06/04/book-review-the-secret...

I found the arguments fascinating. Especially surprising was the argument that e.g. using bones to divine where to hunt can serve a useful role despite the apparent uselessness of divination. In this case, the argument goes, it serves as a randomizing tool to prevent over-hunting in one spot by independent groups (though of course the tribes themselves could not provide that reasoning).

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Follow-up blog posts:

A list of excerpts chosen by the blog author: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/06/05/list-of-passages-i-hig...

Comments on the previous blog posts (useful particularly because some comments point out potential errors in the book): https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/06/11/highlights-from-the-co...

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