Read Jonnie Hughes's On the Origin of Tepees, and you will be stocked with enough topics of conversation to make you the star of every dinner party for the rest of the year. Hughes lays out a smorgasbord of intriguing tidbits to savor, from facts about the unparalleled social lives of naked mole rats, to imagined vistas of the American West when it was populated by millions of buffalo, to bracing new ideas about what it means to be human. As the author's radical vision of cultural Darwinism begins to take shape in your mind, you may find yourself rushing to host your own party, just for a chance to talk and argue over his fascinating meme's-eye view of humanity (a meme is, in essence, a contagious idea - see Beyond the Book for more on this). You may even have to start a supper club.
Hughes takes on the complex task of attempting to square the development of human culture with what...
To hear Jonnie Hughes talk about "The Evolution of Ideas (and Ourselves)" - the subtitle of On the Origin of Tepees - click on the video below:
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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