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The Fall: The Evidence for a Golden Age, 6,000 Years of Insanity, and the Dawning of a New Era

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The Fall is a major work that overturns mainstream current thinking on the nature of civilization and human nature. It draws on the increasing evidence accumulated over recent decades that prehistoric humanity was peaceful and egalitarian, rather than war-like and crude. It is not natural for human beings to kill each other, for men to oppress women, for individuals to acc ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by John Hunt Publishing (first published September 8th 2005)
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Nov 15, 2011 Nicholas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is in my view a well written and informative treatise on social history.Most of the evidence for the fall from a "golden age" is speculative but convincing all the same. The book is very readable and well laid out and contains some fascinating facts.For the most part the book covers the history of mankind from a spiritual standpoint without being too dreamy and utopian.
Georgina Lara
Dec 08, 2012 Georgina Lara rated it it was amazing
This book has value mainly because it forces you to challenge beliefs you had never questioned before. I do not agree entirely with what is presented here but I have finished reading this and have been shaken by it.
Tom Allen
May 18, 2013 Tom Allen rated it liked it
This is a book that promises much and delivers less, yet is still very much worth reading. For the most part it is written in a typical pop-science style, with citations littered throughout, a relatively impersonal voice, and seemingly relies heavily upon empirical science to back up its argument, which is essentially that society in recent times has developed various pathologies as a result of a sharpened sense of self and therefore a distancing of the individual from being part of a greater wh ...more
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Sep 14, 2010 Hans Muller rated it liked it
I picked up a German translation of this remarkable book in the University Bookshop in Bamberg(G). Was - and still am - impressed by Steve Taylor's ability to compress mankind's cultural travel through history in a book this size, adding a new and provocative angle to boot. His theory is clearly formulated in the first 50 pages, and the rest of the book seems to consist of supporting arguments. Still quite readable though. Will keep any other interested readers posted.
Aug 04, 2011 Solor rated it it was amazing
A good book that try to answer some very difficult questions about the origin of violence, exploitation and Egocentrism.
Dec 02, 2016 Tasneem rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is an interesting book but has the distinct feel of a PhD thesis that hasn't been thought about as a work of prose that is to be published as a book. He has one main secondary text that he constantly refers to as his one piece of research. I think I shall enjoy exploring that text more - this left me feeling more inquisitive than not. The details about the Fall seemed over-done when I would rather have had more details about the Pre-Fall period. The Post-Fall period, our own feels so hopefu ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Booklover rated it it was amazing
Mind blowing. Explains so many things. Even if parts could be deemed speculative (although I didn't find them that way), the drawn conclusions make perfect sense. In my opinion, the author makes a solid case to support his theory. In real life not everything has to be proven with rock hard evidence, and being able to draw a conclusion without that sort of evidence makes the difference between survival and extinction. Well written and well documented. And an easy read.
Jan 10, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable to read and has changed the way I look at history and society in general. Excellent book to get you thinking. Not sure I entirely agree with all of the author's opinions about the future path of mankind or how evolution actually works but regardless highly recommended.
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