Agriculture was a bad turn for man . . . but then, most of the large grazing animals in Eurasia had been hunted into extinction and a great deal else was thin on the ground, so most people had to take to the soil. From then onwards, man’s population expanded until every square metre of manually cultivable soil was in use. And then, in the last 200 years or so, modern medicine spread around the world and the population leaped up from about 1 billion to approaching 8 billion today.
There are those who would argue that it would have been better if neither of the two developments had occurred and man had remained hunter-gatherers. It would have been in relatively small numbers and it would have been tough going but we’d have survived healthily enough.
But, with a disproportionately large brain and an unquenchable curiosity about the world, remaining a hunter-gatherer was hypothetical only. We couldn’t have done otherwise. Geneticists have not yet elucidated the precise genetic mutations that started to take us well clear of our ape ancestry 6 million years ago, but whatever they were, they are now well integrated within our genome.
Having written the above I’m nor sure how to end it! Perhaps the best thing to say is that we need to have a great deal more scientific into education generally. The problem is that many think that science is too difficult. It isn’t really, even though too many curriculums are padded out with too much rote learning. However, neurophysiologists are now learning a great deal about how the brain learns and hiw different personalities my need different learning procedures. Maybe it won’t be too long before science can be introduced as a fun subject at junior school level.