Andrey (azangru) wrote,

The problem... is that sapiens simply has no natural instincts for cooperating with large numbers of strangers. Humans have evolved for millions of years living in small bands comprising maybe a few dozen individuals. The handful of millenia separating the agricultural revolution from the appearance of cities, and kingdoms, and empires was simply not enough time to allow for mass cooperation instincts to evolve by natural selection. So in order to nevertheless be able to create cities, and kingdoms, and empires, sapiens could not rely on such an instinct, because it doesn't have it; sapiens had to rely on inventing all kinds of stories, all kinds of new imagined realities that could regulate cooperation on such a huge scale.
— Yuval Noah Harari

Несмотря на акцент, мысль (при всей ее очевидности) весьма богатая, но не особо широко циркулирующая.

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