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What is missing most from this book is what its title promises a deep history of human society as seen through the evolution of the human brain indeed it is difficult to find such a deep history anywhere and if it were to be written it would have to be in the context of the evolution of craniates and vertebrates of which our species is but one member. This book is far more about deep history than it is about the brain and even more about the theory and practice of history generally than about deep history specifically it reads very much like an academic article promoting a particular perspective on what history is and how it should be approached. On deep history and the brain book description when does history begin what characterizes it this brilliant and beautifully written book dissolves the logic of a beginning based on writing civilization or historical consciousness and offers a model for a history that escapes the continuing grip of the judeo christian time frame. On deep history and the brain