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Archives for Part I – Hunter/Gatherers to Agriculture

Agriculture, Sex, and Women’s Work

The Economist published a report suggesting that the kind of agriculture practiced has a long lasting impact on the status of women in a given culture. They cite Ferdinand Braudel, who claimed that the shift from matriarchy to patriarchy in ancient Mesopotamia was due to the switch from the hoe to the plow. The second […]

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.