Was the switch to agriculture a necessity?

“Four main theories have been proposed and all are based on the idea that the switch to agriculture was a necessity and not a choice:
1. Some anthropologists believe that a climate change led to drought and desiccation, which brought people together in oases, thus promoting the need for increased food production and a less nomadic way of life.
2. Another school believes that fishing villages had an abundance of food, which led to a more sedentary life and experimentation with agriculture.
3. Another school believes that simply an increasing population was the driving force.
4. It has been offered that people and plants developed a symbiotic relationship of sorts. People artificially selected plant species to grow and become dependent on them for food, and the plants became dependent on people for propagation.

None of these proposals has received universal acceptance and none can be proved. Further, none addresses why agriculture first appeared in locations that were far apart geographically, and why it developed in conjunction with the sudden appearance of advanced civilisation. … … the theory of evolution as it has been applied to the origins of agriculture and civilisation is predicted on the assumption that there is an inevitable, universal pattern of mankind’s development from hunter-gatherers to agriculturist to civilised being. But the historical record does not substantiate this assumption.”

“… … agriculture and civilisation almost completely go against generally accepted Darwinian mechanisms … human culture as a whole did not develop in a slow, gradual, and incremental process of transformation … what we find is an explosion of development …”

These are extracts from Will Hart’s ‘The Genesis Race: Our Extraterrestrial DNA and the True Origin of the Species’.

Comment: I omitted, at the end of my post yesterday, to state that the post represented extracts also from Will Hart.

Following the issuance of that post, my greatest Facebook follower (George Armstrong) drew my attention to Yuval Noah Harari’s book ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,’ Chapter 5 of which is devoted to agriculture as “man’s greatest fraud.”

I am sure that I would not want to wander through a tropical forest looking for food; I also doubt that, having left the land only 3 generations ago, my people would want to return to that life.

Hariri may also prefer Genesis 1 to Genesis 2. I will look for his book.

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