UNBOUND:  How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, 

and Brought Our World to the Brink      

    Although we usually think of technology as something unique to modern times, our ancestors began to create the first technologies millions of years ago in the form of prehistoric tools and weapons. Over time, eight key technologies gradually freed us from the limitations of our animal origins.

    The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter radically restructured the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa. Symbolic communication transformed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. The invention of agriculture revolutionized the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, digital technologies may well unite all of humanity for the benefit of future generations.     Read more...


THE DISHARMONIOUS SOCIETY: The Torments of Human Nature in a Technological World

    In the contemporary societies of advanced nations, modern people enjoy an unprecedented level of comfort, security, nourishment, and health care—and on average they have longer life spans than any other population in human history. Yet these benefits are seriously compromised by a darker feature of our technological lifestyle: a rising tide of mental and physical disorders—including free-floating anxiety, chronic sleeplessness, chronic depression, bipolar disorder, autism, ADHD, drug addiction, heart disease, and diabetes—that have spread like a plague over modern society.  Read more...


PARAGONS OF SEX: The Natural History of Human Sexuality

     Why do humans have hundreds of times more sex during a typical lifetime than any other animal? Why does most of that sex take place at infertile times in the female reproductive cycle, when it cannot possibly result in conception? Why does each act of sexual intercourse last dozens of times longer in humans than it does in any other higher animal?  Why do the breasts play an important role in human sexuality, whereas in other animals the mammary glands function only to nurse the young? And why do humans – unlike any other animal species – always need to hide from others before they are willing to have sex?  Read more...