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Now that we've learned how other societies adapt to crises, solve recurring problems, and keep their members and habitats healthy, what does this tell us about our own society?

What about the basic assumptions underlying our culture, assumptions we take for granted and are seldom even aware of?

And what about our highest values, the achievements we hold dear?

Abrahamic religions

Behaviors & Values

  • Linear Time
  • Anthropocentrism
Western Civilization

Behaviors & Values

  • Innovation & Progress
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • The Universe, The Planet
  • Rationalism
  • Humanism
  • Individualism & Liberty
  • Competition, Individual Achievement, Cultural Hierarchy of Heroes, Icons & Celebrities
  • Security, Defense & Warrior Culture
  • Literacy
  • Democracy
  • Justice
  • Energy
  • Nature
  • Pets


  • Nation-States
  • Defense
  • Money Economy, Economic Growth, the Middle Class
  • Urbanism
  • Media
  • Education
  • Science, Technology & Medicine
    • Engineering (see notebook)
  • Criminal Justice
  • High Arts
  • Religion

Where are the values of 1_02? Longevity, infant survival, comfort, convenience, power, speed, efficiency, etc.? Economic growth ultimately based on population growth?

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