The Resource Unbound : how eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink, Richard L. Currier, PHD. ; foreword by Tom Gjelten

Unbound : how eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink, Richard L. Currier, PHD. ; foreword by Tom Gjelten

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Unbound : how eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink
Title
Unbound
Title remainder
how eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink
Statement of responsibility
Richard L. Currier, PHD. ; foreword by Tom Gjelten
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Human life has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, the rise of digital technologies may well lead to the birth of a global civilization. Synthesizing the findings of primatology, paleontology, archeology, history, and anthropology, Richard Currier reinterprets and retells the modern narrative of human evolution that began with the discovery of Lucy and other Australopithecus fossils. But the same forces that allowed us to integrate technology into every aspect of our daily lives have also brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe. Unbound explains both how we got here and how human society must be transformed again to achieve a sustainable future."--
  • "Synthesizing the findings of primatology, paleontology, archeology, history, and anthropology, Richard Currier reinterprets and retells the modern narrative of human evolution that began with the discovery of Lucy and other Australopithecus fossils. But the same forces that allowed us to integrate technology into every aspect of our daily lives have also brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe. Unbound explains both how we got here and how human society must be transformed again to achieve a sustainable future"--
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Currier, Richard L
Dewey number
303.4
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
CB478
LC item number
.C87 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Technology and civilization
  • Human evolution
  • Population
  • Environmental degradation
  • Sustainable development
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Environmental degradation
  • Human evolution
  • Population
  • Sustainable development
  • Technology and civilization
  • Mensch
  • Technologie
  • Evolution
Target audience
adult
Label
Unbound : how eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink, Richard L. Currier, PHD. ; foreword by Tom Gjelten
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-360) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
The primate baseline: tools, traditions, motherhood, warfare and the homeland -- The technology of spears and digging sticks: upright posture and bipedal locomotion -- The technology of fire: cooking, nakedness, and staying up late -- The technology of clothing and shelter: hats, huts, togas and tents -- The technology of symbolic communication: music, art, language, and ethnicity -- The technology of agriculture: permanent villages and accumulation of wealth -- The technology of interation: ships, writing, the wheel, and the birth of civilization -- The technology of precision machinery: clocks, engines, and industrial society -- The technology of digital information: the world wide web of human interaction -- Our world at the brink: is humanity drifting toward a planetary catastrophe?
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 376 pages
Isbn
9781628725223
Lccn
2015014024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)890180908
  • 1650597
  • (OCoLC)ocn890180908
  • 1650597
Label
Unbound : how eight technologies made us human, transformed society, and brought our world to the brink, Richard L. Currier, PHD. ; foreword by Tom Gjelten
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-360) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The primate baseline: tools, traditions, motherhood, warfare and the homeland -- The technology of spears and digging sticks: upright posture and bipedal locomotion -- The technology of fire: cooking, nakedness, and staying up late -- The technology of clothing and shelter: hats, huts, togas and tents -- The technology of symbolic communication: music, art, language, and ethnicity -- The technology of agriculture: permanent villages and accumulation of wealth -- The technology of interation: ships, writing, the wheel, and the birth of civilization -- The technology of precision machinery: clocks, engines, and industrial society -- The technology of digital information: the world wide web of human interaction -- Our world at the brink: is humanity drifting toward a planetary catastrophe?
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 376 pages
Isbn
9781628725223
Lccn
2015014024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)890180908
  • 1650597
  • (OCoLC)ocn890180908
  • 1650597

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