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(0:29-1:42) Gerhard Lenski
(1:43-2:24) Hunting and Gathering
(2:25-3:51) Horticultural and Pastoral
(8:44-9:38) Take Away Message
Terms to Know
A sociologist who argues that technology is the most basic factor in the evolution of societies and cultures.
Hunting and gathering
A time when a society uses simples tools and hunts animals.
Horticultural and pastoral
A time when a society uses basic farming and domesticated animals.
A time when a society uses non-human power to help with farming.
A time when a society uses advanced power to manufacture goods.
A time when a society uses information and computer power as its product.
I'm going to take a rather postmodern approach to answer your question and there is no clear distinguishing on which type of society is best for the human species. On the one hand, are human's really happier now with all this technology at our finger tips? Yes we live longer but there are new challenges and constrains on how we live. On the other hand, were human's really happier with a simple life where everyday was a struggle to survive?
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