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The Company of Strangers by Paul Seabright
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Jun 09, 12

Read in June, 2012

Using anthropology and evolutionary biology, an economist analyzes the key feature that allowed us to settle down and farm in groups including people to whom we were not related--humans had to employ abstract thought to envision rituals and institutions that would allow us to contribute to works (central banking systems, armies, sewer projects) that cost us and benefit people in whim we have no genetic investment, but which may also be to our advantage.
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