Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: serialised in quotes XXVII: cultures are mental parasites that take over poulations

Looking at the bigger picture the transition from many small cultures to a few larger cultures and finally to a single global society was probably an inevitable result of the dynamics of human history.

Ever more scholars see cultures as a kind of mental infection or parasite, with humans as its unwitting host….Cultures are mental parasites that emerge accidentally, and thereafter take advantage of all people infected by them



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