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Adaptive Society: : Biology supports Global Law, Consensual Government, and Sustainable Technology
     

Adaptive Society: : Biology supports Global Law, Consensual Government, and Sustainable Technology

by Ross Milburn
 

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"Adaptive Society" explains why current civilization does not "fit" human needs and what humans can do about it. We can see failures of fit in such things as warfare, the 80% of diseases that are caused by the industrialized lifestyle, exaggerated wealth differentials, the disruption of family life in divorce, greatly diminished birth rates, the widespread corruption

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"Adaptive Society" explains why current civilization does not "fit" human needs and what humans can do about it. We can see failures of fit in such things as warfare, the 80% of diseases that are caused by the industrialized lifestyle, exaggerated wealth differentials, the disruption of family life in divorce, greatly diminished birth rates, the widespread corruption of governments, and the excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs.

In the Stone Age, the excellent "fit" between humans and their natural habitat resulted from evolution. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin explained the process of inheritance, variation and natural selection, by which all living things continually adapt to their environments. But when the unique human brain evolved, it gave rise to technologies such as stone tools, control of fire, clothing, and artificial dwellings. In the modern age, human inventions are created so rapidly that Darwinian evolution cannot possibly alter humans fast enough to fit their habitat. That simple fact creates nearly all of the problems that humans face.

However, in principle, nature has already solved the problem of creating an adaptive "fit" between humans and their technological civilization. Scientists have realized that industrialized society itself is evolving, and, for the most part, maintaining adaptive conditions. Evolution has been "inverted" so that, instead of the human species evolving to adapt to its natural habitat, the artificial habitat, based on technology, is evolving to provide mostly adaptive conditions for humans.

But there is one kind of technology that social evolution cannot cope with - the technology of government, in the form of the nation state. Nation states were created by warfare, and are maintained today by brute force and propaganda. Under the state, the human freedom and egalitarianism that existed in the Stone Age were replaced by hierarchy, including slavery. From a biological perspective, all modern governments are coercive parasites, practicing "tax-farming," and exploiting their host populations as "human livestock."

The solution is for all humans to unite and reverse the destruction of their biological heritage. "Adaptive Society" provides the first scientific description of the crisis in human adaptation, and what must be done to remedy it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789881311054
Publisher:
Adaptive Society Media
Publication date:
11/11/2014
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Meet the Author

Ross Milburn was born in London during WWII, and grew up with the awareness that an unnecessary conflict between political elites had killed 60 million of the ordinary citizens who were forced to fight for them. "The horror of war set me on a lifelong quest to discover why human government is so bad, in spite of the intelligence, morality, and loyal nature of most individuals, and the ceaseless advances of modern science," Ross says.

As a technology writer, Ross has constantly been impressed by the achievements of industrial workers, especially production managers and IT professionals, whose utilization of science and technology is key to our rising living standards. "How different are these industrial heroes from the politicians that provide warfare, huge wealth differentials, devalued currencies, mindless bureaucracy, constant surveillance of their host populations, and industrial and social over-regulation that is both unjust and unproductive," says Ross.

Ross has lived part of his life in the UK, where he observed how the mushrooming power and scope of the state is strangling the economic and social life of the West. Since he moved to Hong Kong, Ross has witnessed at first hand the explosive growth of China and the rising living standards achieved by the Chinese people as a direct result of less government control that followed Deng Xiaoping's adoption of market principles.

"As a family man, I believe that the normal human lifecycle is becoming much harder to complete in industrial societies, because all states act against personal autonomy and family values, and employ technology for futile inter-state competition. The distortion of normal human social organization is the ultimate cause of most of the systematic problems that confront humans today," he says.

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