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Chapter X: Perceptions – The Press and How We Think

This chapter has three sections explaining how the technology, the artifacts (books), and the people, changed how people saw their world and themselves. The first section overviews the history and ‘fun facts’ of the press. The next section explains how ‘the book’ changed people’s perceptions making the world: More replicable so more understandable. Future instead […]

Synopsis of Chapter IX – Capitalism and Information Freedom

  Link to Full Text In which we test the patters developed in the previous chapter by looking at the impact of the printing press. With the information revolution following the introduction of the printing press we begin to have much better records and therefore we can “zoom in” on how information worked after its […]

Synopsis of Chapter VIII – Identifying Patterns in Information Revolutions

In which we identify patterns based on what we have learned thus far and build a model we can use in the future.

Synopsis of Chapter VI – The Early Middle Ages – The Church and Information

In which we see the liberation of information from the tripartite elite.

Synopsis of Chapter V – Rome – Hitting the Information Limit

Link to Full Text In which we examine the crisis of the third century both in terms of what was done (the reforms of Diocletian and Constantine) and what was not done (Rome didn’t invent capitalism so couldn’t pull itself out of its economic crisis) and The former was to address the information overload problem […]

Synopsis of Chapter IV The Impact of Symbol Systems

In which we see how the development of writing, increased unit size, hierarchy, class and gender differences (including slavery) and war all go together.

Synopsis of Chapter III – Thinking about Symbols and Symbol Systems: Agriculture before Writing

Link to Full Text In which we see the “preconditions” for writing in early agriculture sites developing along with a social hierarchy and none at an egalitarian early agriculture site Argument of the chapter: The people of both ‘Ain Ghazal and Çatalhöyük started as egalitarian hunter/gatherers and became agricultural over time in the way we […]

Synopsis of Chapter II: – The First Information Revolution: The Invention of Scarcity

In which it is shown that agriculture was not the result of a great intellectual breakthrough but rather the result a switch from I-adaptation to M-adaptation leading to sedentism. Resulting in a positive feed back loop:

    Increase in population -> Depletion of local wild plants and animals –> Increased perception of scarcity–>Increase in agriculture/domestication ->Increase in population ->

Continuing until all resources are domesticated plants and animals.

Synopsis of Chapter I: – Naming and Networks: Hunter/Gatherers – The Beginning

Today we talk about living in an Information Age or becoming an Information Economy without having any model of what that means. And yet, for most of humankind’s time on earth we, humankind, have been hunter/gatherers and hunter/gatherers are I-adapted. They live in an information world.