Humans as hunter-gatherers
Civilized views of "cave men":
The Romantic view of Rousseau
The gloomy view of Thomas Hobbes
The Neolithic Revolution--Why did it take place?
Ancient Theories of the Origin of Agriculture
The hero myth
Greek Rationalistic Explanations (see Lucretius)
Troubles with the ancient theories
How could "heroes" know farming would work?
Why would wild plants coöperate?
The Truth (as we know it, anyway)
Co-evolution of humans and plants
Farming a question of degree
Description of Mesopotamia--The Fertile Crescent?
Land dries out 13,000-10,000 B.P. with end of last ice age.
Evidence for gradual transition from hunting to agriculture.
Cain and Abel
How agriculture changes society--specialization of labor
Growth of early cities