Now that Cavemen Have Conquered the Earth…

By Ooi Kee Beng

September 2018 EDITORIAL
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When we were cavemen, we lived in caves.And in the thousands of years since then, we have lived in everything else – from lean-tos to tents to log cabins to mud huts to houses and to condominiums.But in essence, we have remained the same. We have always needed shelter to retreat to, and to keep wild elements at bay and dangerous beasts at a distance.Man’s Great InnovationIt has not been given due credit, but the idea of constructing shelter wherever...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: