Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker

On Dec. 19, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Living By Default” about how corporations declare bankruptcy at the drop of a hat but are worried that individuals will do the same to them.

Elif Batuman wrote “The Sanctuary” about a 10,000 year old Neolithic site called Gobekli Tepe near Urfa in Turkey. It was built by hunter gatherers as a religious sanctuary and then suddenly buried around 8200 BCE. There are carvings of boars, foxes, lions, scorpions, spiders, snakes and vultures. The people who built it were taller and healthier than the agricultural people who showed up later. Jared Diamond, author of Guns Germs And Steel, thinks that the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture was a mistake that led to “…gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.”

Burhard Bilger wrote “The Great Oasis” about various attempts to turn back to growing deserts like the Sahara using both complex and simple ideas.

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