Deebank wrote:The other thing you have to understand about so called civilisation is that we have only had it for the last six thousand years or so. For the other million odd years of human history we lived as small hunter gatherer communities. As a whole that is what we have been the most. It is our environment that has driven change always.
Again Earth Science plays a huge role. I think Homo Sapiens sapiens has been around for 200,000-300,000 years the older forms were no more stupid than we are so why did modern civilization only develop a mere 6000 years ago? Well that is obviously linked to agriculture that allowed people to settle down and farm and for larger, stable populations to develop along with much increased work loads ( agriculture is more dependable than hunting and gathering but also a lot more work to get your calories ). Agriculture could develop in China, India and the Fertile Crescent because of climatic stability, we entered an interglacial period of relatively benign and stable climate which meant the same crops would grow dependably in the same place year after year and much of the Earth's surface was available for cultivation to fairly high latitudes.
Of course we are fucking with that big time now, human progress faces an existential threat in climate change that could pause it or throw it in reverse in the next few centuries.
This is a problem because human behavior is predicated on what will happen tomorrow, or next year but not in 50 years time, and this is made worse by democratic political cycles. Politicians are not going to deal with climate change until people start to migrate, starve and die in their own countries. It looks like the easier options for mitigation have been ignored for short term political expediency and we are hoping for a scientific "miracle" to save us from ourselves.