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The Resource Biohistory : decline and fall of the West, Jim Penman

Biohistory : decline and fall of the West, Jim Penman

Label
Biohistory : decline and fall of the West
Title
Biohistory
Title remainder
decline and fall of the West
Statement of responsibility
Jim Penman
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Biohistory is a revolutionary new theory that explores the biological and behavioural underpinnings of social change, including the rise and fall of civilisations. Informed by significant research into the physiological basis of behaviour conducted by author Dr Jim Penman and a team of scientists at RMIT University and the Florey Institute in Melbourne, Australia, Biohistory examines how a complex interplay between culture and biology has shaped civilisations from the Roman Empire to the modern West. Penman proposes that historical changes are driven by changes in the prevailing temperament of populations, based on physiological mechanisms that adapt animal behaviour to changing food conditions. It details the history of human society by mapping the effects of these epigenetic changes on cultures, and on historical tipping points including wars and revolutions. It shows how laboratory studies can be used to explain broad social and economic changes, including the fortunes of entire civilizations. The author's shocking conclusion is that the West is in terminal and inevitable decline, and that its only hope may lie with the biological sciences. Drawing on the disciplines of history, biology, anthropology and economics, Biohistory is the first theory of society that can be tested with some rigour in the laboratory. It explains how environment, cultural values and childrearing patterns determine whether societies prosper or collapse, and how social change can be both predicted--and potentially modified--through biochemistry."--Back cover
Cataloging source
EQO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Penman, Jim
Dewey number
304.5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HM628
LC item number
.P46 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civilization
  • Social evolution
  • Sociobiology
  • Social change
  • Social evolution
  • Sociobiology
  • Civilization
  • Social change
Target audience
adult
Label
Biohistory : decline and fall of the West, Jim Penman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Of science and temperament -- Food restriction -- The civilization factor -- Aggression -- Infancy and childhood -- The rise of the West -- The civilization cycle -- Lemming cycles -- War -- Recession and tyranny -- Why regimes fall and civilizations collapse -- Rome -- The stability factor -- China and India -- The triumph of the fundamentalists -- The decline of the West -- The future
Control code
1733334
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
vi, 289 pages
Isbn
9781443871303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1733334
  • (OCoLC)910847067
Label
Biohistory : decline and fall of the West, Jim Penman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Of science and temperament -- Food restriction -- The civilization factor -- Aggression -- Infancy and childhood -- The rise of the West -- The civilization cycle -- Lemming cycles -- War -- Recession and tyranny -- Why regimes fall and civilizations collapse -- Rome -- The stability factor -- China and India -- The triumph of the fundamentalists -- The decline of the West -- The future
Control code
1733334
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
vi, 289 pages
Isbn
9781443871303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1733334
  • (OCoLC)910847067

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