A Darwinian Perspective
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.
Chapter 9. Civilizational Dynamics: Exemplars
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CIVILIZATIONAL DYNAMICS: EXEMPLARS
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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