Evolution is a process of adapting to an environment. It is environmentally driven: a reaction to and reflection of the living environment. Culture evolves as an interpretive map of human experience, and is inescapably tangled with this thing we call knowledge.

In Britain, our co-evolution with the natural environment stopped when our forests were cut, and the pagans and herbalist witches enflamed. Economic, religious and other forces destroyed not only our traditional knowledge systems, but also the very means of their evolution – the wild environments. In other areas of the Western world, even ...


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