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Unformatted text preview: society", with a "zen economy" where scarcity has been banished not by boosting production, but by reducing economic wants to a minimum (Sahlins 1972, as discussed in Kelly 1995 and Winterhalder 1993 readings) This new view of H-G has become the orthodoxy in anthropology, effectively inverting the previous "nasty, short & brutish" stereotype However, the empirical basis for the new orthodoxy was rather slim (a handful of studies with actual data, and even those based on just a few weeks of data collection), and there are some weaknesses in its theoretical basis as well, raising doubts that it provides an accurate portrayal of H-Gs at all times and places Let's consider the four tenets of this new orthodoxy (listed above), and examine the logic & evidence behind each of them...
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