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  •  one thing to keep in mind is.... (2+ / 0-)
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    mataliandy, billmosby

    ...the more complex a society, the less resilient it is, by which is meant, the less capable of withstanding perturbations that would not disrupt a less complex society.

    For example hunter-gatherers are immune to the crop failures of agriculture because the entire forest is their food supply.  They are also immune to large-magnitude earthquakes because their shelter is movable and easily reconstituted should it be tipped over.  

    You can think of modernity and technology as a gradual movement further and further out on a limb.  

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