Aus dem Exil (3)

We left Africa 100,000 years ago. The whole of what is usually described as ‚history‘ since the invention of agriculture and cities consists of hardly more than 400 human generations or 10,000 years, a blink of the eye in geological time. Given the dramatic acceleration of the pace of humanity’s control over nature in this brief period, especially in the last ten or twenty generations, the whole of history so far can be seen to be something like an explosion of our species, a sort of bio-social supernova, into an unknown future.

Eric Hobsbawm, Interesting Times