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Human-Earth System Dynamics : Implications to Civilizations.

Author: Rongxing Guo
Publisher: Singapore : Springer, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the factors and mechanisms that may have influenced the dynamic behaviors of earliest civilizations, focusing on both environmental (geographic) factors on which traditional  Read more...

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Guo, Rongxing
Human-Earth System Dynamics : Implications to Civilizations
Singapore : Springer,c2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rongxing Guo
ISBN: 9789811305474 9811305471
OCLC Number: 1037819608
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (207 p.)
Contents: Intro; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Introduction; 1 Win-Stay, Lose-Shift: A Survival Rule; 1.1 A Last Tree Climber; 1.2 Where Is the Land of Promise?; 1.3 Winners Stay, Losers Shift; 1.4 Losers Become Wadiers; 1.5 Exercise: How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors; References; 2 Human Thermodynamics and Culture (I); 2.1 From Lamarck to Darwin; 2.2 Who Have the Last Laugh?; 2.3 Strong Man, Weak Man; 2.4 Spatial Variation of Humans; References; 3 Human Thermodynamics and Culture (II); 3.1 Why Humans Cry?; 3.2 Law of Language Evolution 3.3 Religion Is Created by and for the Weak3.4 Lucretius, Poggio, and Sima Qian; 3.5 Case Study: The Cherokee and Vai Writing Systems; References; 4 Environment Matters, But Not the Way You Think (I); 4.1 "That's What I'm Doing Right Now!"; 4.2 Good Environment, Bad Environment; 4.3 Old World, New World; 4.4 New World, Old Issues; References; 5 Environment Matters, But Not the Way You Think (II); 5.1 A Review of the Theories of Civilization; 5.2 Why North America Had No Civilization?; 5.3 External Threats as (Dis)incentives; 5.4 A Model of Long-Run Growth; References 6 Civilization as Responses to Cyclical Challenges6.1 What Do the Myths Say?; 6.2 Rivers and Cyclical Floods; 6.3 Cyclical Challenges and Civilization; 6.4 Let Floods Come More Violent!; 6.5 Method: Calculating the Probability of Floods in X-potamia; References; 7 Studying Civilizations: Retrospect and Prospect; 7.1 In Search of Civilizations; 7.2 Spatial and Intercultural Dynamics; 7.3 Civilizations Come from Earth's Axial Tilt; 7.4 In Cycles Civilizations Only Exist; 7.5 Model: Mathematical Description of a Civilization; References; Epilogue; Annex A.1 Human and Geo-economic Indicators of the Old World by CountryA.2 Data on Body Mass Index (in kg/m2) by Country; A.3 Racial and Geographic Features by Country; A.4 Domestic Instability and External Threat Scores by Country

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