The Human Swarm

“wide-ranging, deeply interesting …made my neurons pop”

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“A truer statement hasn’t been uttered: “Our “groupiness” shapes human history.”  Mark Moffett’s book is a wide-ranging, deeply interesting analysis of how large numbers of individual agents become a society.  His travels in the world and through vast intellectual landscapes give him a unique view of why we are the way we are, both in our similarity to other living beings and our differences from them – our ability to include once alien groups into our own, for example.  There is no other book I’ve read…

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The Human Swarm

“sure to be a classic”

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“The book deserves serious attention as a breakthrough in how we can better understand societies. It is sure to be a classic that puts together the pieces in a way never thought of before.” —Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter

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The Human Swarm

“have your mind changed”

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“This is a book of amazing ideas, many of them counter­intuitive. Mark Moffett’s astounding stories of animal societies persuaded me that the future of human cities have been foretold by the ants. Read this manifesto if you like to have your mind changed.”  —Kevin Kelly,  founder of Wired magazine, futurist, and author of The Inevitable and What Technology Wants

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The Human Swarm

“one jaw-dropping revelation after another”

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“The Human Swarm is surely the most accurate, most comprehensive, most original explanation of our social existence that we’re ever likely to see, one jaw-dropping revelation after another, most of them astonishing, all of them fascinating.  It’s true without question, which seems obvious as you’re reading, and it’s very well written—a joy to read.” —Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Harmless People and A Million Years with You

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The Human Swarm

“intriguing”

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“Homo sapiens is a small-group social animal that physically seems to be limited to personal relationships with a few individuals. Nonetheless humanity is struggling to deal with societies of billions as human technologies now pose existential threats tied to those numbers. In The Human Swarm Mark Moffett presents an intriguing overview of the biological roots and cultural evolution of this now-critical situation.”  —Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford and author of The Population…

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The Human Swarm

“should fascinate any thoughtful reader”

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“The Human Swarm is a book by a biologist that should fascinate any thoughtful reader and deserves to be taken seriously by psychologists and social scientists alike.”—Roy Baumeister, one of the most cited living psychologists and author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

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The Human Swarm

“rigorous in its science… deeply thought-provoking”

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“Our times are filled with garage start-ups that become Silicon Valley behemoths overnight. Such scaling-up pales in comparison to humans going from hunter-gatherer bands to our globalized world in the blink of an evolutionary eye – and thus now, a stranger a continent away can be killed when we press a button operating a drone, or rescued when we press a button marked “Donate now.” In The Human Swarm, Mark Moffett charts the…

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