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It's In The Data: War Historically Drove Innovation, Not Agriculture
The standard theory, which Turchin calls the "bottom up" theory, is that humans invented agriculture around 10,000 years ago, providing resource surpluses that freed people up for other ventures. But what Turchin and his team have found is that the bottom-up theory is wrong, or at least incomplete. "Competitions between societies, which historically took the form of warfare, drive the evolution of complex societies," he says. Wired 09/23/13
Posted September 25, 2013 05:29 AM




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