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Evolutionary and Archaeological Perspectives on Estimating the Likelihood of Civilization Collaopse
Nanotechnology Perceptions (2017)
  • Cameron M. Smith, Portland State University
Abstract
The likelihood that modern civilization will collapse has been estimated many times for many reasons. From evolutionary and archaeological perspectives, the repeated disintegration of ancient civilizations (none have survived more than a few millennia) are unsurprising. Can we expect modern civilization to also collapse? This is likely absent proactive, self-preservative methods that may be informed by survival strategies known to evolutionary biology. Such methods include deployment of technologies to realize the current potential of modern civilization (and the modern genomes we select to protect) to be the Earth’s most long-lived complex adaptive system. I suggest some of these methods, which include the uses of technology to spread humanity from Earth to other solar system habitats.
Keywords
  • civilization,
  • human future,
  • complex systems,
  • anthropology,
  • cultural evolution
Publication Date
July 30, 2017
DOI
http://www.nano-ntp.com/
Citation Information
Cameron M. Smith. "Evolutionary and Archaeological Perspectives on Estimating the Likelihood of Civilization Collaopse" Nanotechnology Perceptions Vol. 13 Iss. 2 (2017) p. 116 - 122 ISSN: 1660-6795
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/cameron-smith/25/