Tag Archives: pastoralists

Corrupting risk on top of the surplus pyramid

In a real sense, human history starts with the creation of a social surplus, a surplus beyond simple subsistence. Such a surplus could be used for–indeed, was required to–build more complex societies. This included the literal building of the monumental architecture, the most striking creations from the existence of such surpluses. More food, more babies Merely increasing production does […]

Why did the Middle East select for monotheism? – Guest post by Lorenzo

[SL: On September 18, I published a piece on the religious transformation currently going on in Europe, pointing out in passing that monotheism — if one examines its geographic origins — is almost as foreign to Europe as it is to India or China. In the post below, regular commenter Lorenzo has attempted to explain why: […]