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Humanity’s Evolutionary Destiny

A Darwinian Perspective

Seymour W. Itzkoff

Humans are biological creatures first. Culture is an expression of our brain and neurological function. Intelligence is the key to the flourishing of the human super-species. Humanity has reached the point where two sub-species are now competing within the earthly ecology. These are not defined by any of the existing racial categories, rather, intellectual and cultural behavior. They can be symbolized as Homo sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens.
In evolutionary history, no two sub-species have ever been able to cohabit a limited ecology. The outcome of this inherent selective conflict is written in the history of the human genus Homo, that is, the successive increases in brain size and intelligence and the disappearance of earlier, less corticalized forms of Homo. Civilization will eventually be shaped by the domination of Homo sapiens sapiens.
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Chapter 9. Civilizational Dynamics: Exemplars


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We cannot understand our own civilizational dilemmas unless we obtain perspective from the past. After all, these were humans with the same basic intelligence that we have today, perhaps even more so. What we need to know is how they succeeded. Then we must take an even greater hypothetical flyer, why they failed. The case of course has to be made that they did fail. Did the incarnation of new values, new ways of thinking about experience, perhaps even more fundamentally, new languages, new religious values, a new modal system of thinking about the world of nature and the world of man, make the case for failure? Perhaps it was an even deeper force connoting simple natural succession.

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