COMPASS (Combined OCE MPO ATM Seminar Series) FRIDAY
(11:00 in the Auditorium)
Oct 13 --- Jörg Imberger (Adjunct Professor, RSMAS)
"Connecting Human Tribal Behavior to the Internet"
Humans evolved from apes around 150,000 years ago. Recent research suggests that the first human societies were egalitarian, with little aggression between tribes. It was only where population density climbed to above about 1 person/km2 that severe, inter-group aggression (wars) emerged due to environmental and ecological stress. The resulting conflict led to purges such as the14th Century Inquisition and wars such World War II. The inter people stress seemed to lead to evolutionary changes such that the male became the aggressor and the female the supporter within a hierarchical tribal structure. Maintaining tribal cohesion required leaders who could keep their communities in control, so evolved the leaders motivated by good intentions, greed, need for acclaim and or simple the need to punish. As the population on earth grew and inter-people communications developed, tribes became larger culminating in World War II, which nearly impacted everyone on earth. In order to better understand the mechanisms of a tribal evolution, I examine the development of three tribes that evolved in the last 1,000 years, my own family, the Catholic Church and Hitler’s 3rd Reich. Hitler and Goebbels developed an acute case of inferiority complex about the Jewish intellectual superiority, the brain of Germany, and lashed out in a similar fashion to the Church in the 14th Century. The difference being that the tools of control that the engineers had developed by the mid 1930’s gave the Hitler's Regime larger reach and much greater action; the machines of war, communications and manufacturing all had greatly improved.
Since then four key characteristics have accelerated in their development. First, the introduction of the internet allowing mass communications has opened the door for global control, second, there has been an explosion in consumption necessitating greater elbow room, third, genetic manipulation is poised to extend life expectancy by nearly 100% greatly consolidating vested interests and fourth, the world is now finite and all growth must be at the expense of an existing activity.
Biologists tell me that genetic diversity is necessary for the stability of a species. Humans seem to have taken the opposite road, ignoring their own research results. Intellectuals are feared and branded as heretics in order to minimize any disturbance. Multiculturalism, a fancy world for mixing genetically, is advocated as politically correct even though cultural diversity is known to improve stability. Economic globalization is used for material efficiency, even though it is akin to slavery and is bringing about a rapid increase in “relative poverty”, the single most important factor leading to mental illness. Is cultural diversity necessary for political stability or will humans exist more peacefully under the umbrella of a single tribe?