https://hraf.yale.edu/ehc/summaries/hunter-gatherers FIRST PART- Answer the questions below, using: a) your personal experiences and opinions, and b) factual information from the readings. Sources which should be particularly helpful are Diamond’s article, Module 9 of your OER (online) textbook, and the HRAF website you looked at last week. Provide a brief (2-sentence or so) contrasting hunter-gatherer vs. an agricultural way of life HINT: think about levels of mobility, diet, and population size. Do you agree with Diamond that agriculture is the “worst mistake in the history of the human race”? In your answer highlight advantages and disadvantages of an agricultural lifestyle. This will involve getting into details on the differences between hunter-gatherers and agricultural peoples (e.g., degree of social inequality, health, settlement). You can also describe what YOU enjoy about the present-day (albeit industrialized) agricultural lifestyle.
SECOND- REPLY TO THIS DISCUSSION POST- Write at least 50-100 words Engage in some form of critical thinking. This means going beyond stating whether you agree or disagree with your classmate. List specific reasons by referencing class materials and/or your personal experiences. “Hunter-gatherers lived off the wild life of the land while farmers use trading, domestic plants and animals as a way of life through agriculture. Hunter-gatherer’s had no class while societies that used agriculture had crowded societies that normally a form of a leader. I do agree with Diamond because the amount of bad things that came along with agriculture is a lot. The main advantages was to make life “easier” and to have more free time to make buildings and art. But overall there were way more disadvantages, which is what brought upon the question of agriculture being bad in the first place. Eventually this hands on that made the lives of the men easier leads to slavery. It also brought, in my opinion, pure laziness and the lack of being an actual man. As farming grew so did the amount of people in these crowded societies and the people traded with other crowded societies, which eventually lead to disease. The farming also led to women being pressured into having more children for more hands on, on the farm, meaning inequality between sexes came with farming as well. Something that was touched on in the article; was the stereotype of hunter-gatherer societies being “nasty, brutish, and short.” It’s actually ironic to me that this is an opinion on these types of societies because overall they are better than us in ways other than what we see as success. I bet they are or were, mentally and physically happier than most people that live in our society today.”