“Biology in Human Behavior and History” Learning Path

As Charles Darwin has taught us, humans are animals driven by a need to survive and reproduce in a world with limited resources. For this reason, any study of human history must start with biology.

I recommend that you read these book summaries in the following order:

  1. “Blueprint – How DNA Makes Us Who We Are” by Robert Plomin
  2. “The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution” by Cochran and Harpending
  3. “Who We Are and How We Got Here” by David Reich
  4. “The Story of the Human Body” by Daniel E. Lieberman
  5. “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History” by Nicholas Wade
  6. “The Gap: Science of What Separates Us from Animals” by Thomas Suddendorf
  7. “Is There Anything Good About Men?” by Roy F. Baumeister
  8. “A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World” by Gregory Clark
  9. “The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility” by Gregory Clark
  10. “Meta-analysis of … twin studies” by many

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