The HS Editorial – Implications of a theory

“You westerners have watches. We have time!”

We are living in a complex adaptive system we call Earth where everything is interrelated. Ourselves with our huge brains are fully embedded in this Earth-system with a desire (among others) to control as much energy as we can. Due to this interrelatedness our desires and embedded nature, the sum of all brains (societies) could not be anything other than a complex adaptive system, intended to “burn” as much energy as possible. This implies that the same laws are guiding humanity’s collective behavior as any other living or purely physical adaptive systems’ inner workings, and are limited by stocks and flows of matter and energy just the same way.

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