Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West
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Western civilisation is on a path to destruction. In coming decades, economies will shrink, democracy will retreat and nations crumble. The long-term result will be grinding poverty, superstition and disease. This isn't scaremongering it is science. In Biohistory: The Decline and Fall of the West, Dr Jim Penman, PhD, details a revolutionary new theory about why civilizations collapse. For the first time, Penman directly links human biology with the rise and fall of civilisations a cataclysmic relationship that brought the Romans, the ancient Greeks and all other Empires to their knees. Based on pioneering scientific research, Penman reveals the deadly, invisible forces at play across human and animal history and why the West will be the next victim. Biohistory makes use of the latest findings in epigenetics, the study of how the environment affects our genes. Presented in easy-to-digest language, it draws on history, biology, anthropology and economics to explain the real drivers of social change and how evolutionary mechanisms designed to adapt animal social behaviour to changing food conditions determine the fate of civilisation. The West's only hope of avoiding catastrophe lies with the biological sciences, but is it already too late to change the course of history?
steadily more powerful and effective over the next ten thousand years. For convenience, biohistory refers to the array of traits that makes up this civilized temperament by the shorthand label “C,” because people with high C have a temperament better suited to the needs of civilization. A person or group of people can have high C or low C, depending on environmental pressures and the strength of the cultural technology. In short, high C is a physiological system that makes people harder working,
extraordinary willingness to adopt—almost overnight—an ideology that reversed almost every tenet of their culture. Margaret Mead describes their obsession with change and new ideas: The great avidity with which they seized on the new inventions which came with European contact, was partly rooted in their driving discontent with things as they were.105 Within a few decades they completely abandoned their religion, their economic system, and their ideas of social relationships in favor of a
there was a generation of Manus who passed late childhood and adolescence during the Japanese occupation, and so had a much more stressful time. This cohort, with higher child V, was more accepting of authority. There are descriptions from this time of people listening for hours to the cult leader, Paliau, without “batting an eyelid.”106 They were also more rigid and resistant to change: They had had, in fact, the same early childhood as the older men, but had lacked the kind of late childhood
politicians the decline went on until the Dow was down 89% by July 1932. America was plunged into the strife and privation of the Great Depression. Industrial production fell by 46%, foreign trade by 60%, and unemployment rose to more than six times its previous level. Other countries caught the contagion, with unemployment more than doubling in France and Germany.201 Other areas of society, not just the economy, felt the effects. Political disputes turned bitter and sometimes violent. In an
might be, let us begin by looking at two species that live in very different environments: Asian gibbons and African baboons.13 Each species is subject to very different patterns of food availability, as well as having to deal with differing sets of environmental hazards, such as predators. In consequence, they display markedly different social behaviors. Gibbons are found in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Living high in the forest canopy, they are physically adapted for