All Human Acheivement is the Result of Networking

Human achievement is entirely a networking phenomenon. It is by putting brains together through the division of labor—through trade and specialization—that human society stumbled upon a way to raise the living standards, carrying capacity, technological virtuosity, and knowledge base of the species. We can see this in all sorts of phenomena: the correlation between technology and connected population size in Pacific islands; the collapse of technology in people who became isolated, like native Tasmanians; the success of trading city-states in Greece, Italy, Holland, and Southeast Asia; the creative consequences of trade.


Matt Ridley observes that isolated societies collapse, while networked societies succeed.

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 This Will Make You Smarter
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Brockman , John (2012-02-14), This Will Make You Smarter, HarperCollins, Retrieved on 2013-12-19
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    27 DEC 2013


    Memes on altruism in human beings and how civilization is our greatest adaptation.
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    Folksonomies: civilization altruism