Biohistory: Decline and Fall of the West by Jim Penman

By Jim Penman

Western civilisation is on a route to destruction. In coming many years, economies will minimize, democracy will retreat and countries collapse. The long term outcome should be grinding poverty, superstition and ailment.

This isn’t scaremongering – it's technology.

In Biohistory: The Decline and Fall of the West, Dr Jim Penman, PhD, information a progressive new thought approximately why civilizations cave in. For the 1st time, Penman at once hyperlinks human biology with the increase and fall of civilisations—a cataclysmic courting that introduced the Romans, the traditional Greeks and all different Empires to their knees.

Based on pioneering clinical study, Penman finds the lethal, invisible forces at play throughout human and animal history—and why the West may be the subsequent sufferer.

Biohistory uses the newest findings in epigenetics, the examine of ways the surroundings impacts our genes. awarded in easy-to-digest language, it attracts on heritage, biology, anthropology and economics to provide an explanation for the genuine drivers of social swap and the way evolutionary mechanisms designed to evolve animal social behaviour to altering meals stipulations make certain the destiny of civilisation.

The West’s in basic terms wish of warding off disaster lies with the organic sciences, yet is it already too overdue to alter the process heritage?

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Severe hunger raises the level of stress hormones in a mother’s offspring, but mild hunger reduces them. However, the effect on testosterone is very different. Mild hunger experienced by the individual reduces testosterone, but when experienced by a mother if anything it raises the testosterone in her offspring, especially when they have plentiful food after infancy. The young also tend to be more dominant and less fearful. In other words, these effects are in some ways opposite to the effect of food restriction on adults, a finding that will come to have major significance when applied to human societies.

In other words, they are personal. A gibbon, by contrast, is attached only to its mate and offspring, and beyond that to a piece of land—its territory. This latter attachment, which baboons do not have, is by nature impersonal. Large-scale societies will be The Civilization Factor 29 more stable if people can be loyal to institutions and to people they do not know. As loyalties shift from the personal to the impersonal, there is an increasing potential for political organization that does not rely on personal ties.

As C declines and traditional C-promoters collapse, ever more powerful C demoters are sought, such as high calorie foods leading to an obesity epidemic, and addictive drugs such as heroin and cocaine. 38 Chapter Three To take just one example of how calorie intake can affect C, it has been found that adolescents who drink more than five cans of soft drink a week are more likely to carry a weapon and act violently with peers, family members and dates. Other studies have linked soft-drink consumption with violence and mood problems in adolescents, and with aggression, withdrawal and attention problems in young children and teenagers41 All these behaviors indicate lower C.

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