Myths are stronger than anyone could have imagined

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Myths, it transpired, are stronger than anyone could have imagined. When the Agricultural Revolution opened opportunities for the creation of crowded cities and mighty empires, people invented stories about great gods, motherlands and joint stock companies to provide the needed social links. While human evolution was crawling at its usual snail's pace, the human imagination was building astounding networks of mass cooperation, unlike any other ever seen on earth.

From the Book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Harper Collins, 2015, ISBN 0062316095