Notes on Human Development, Climate, and Technology



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Notes on Human Development, Climate, and Technology



Ho, ho! I am the Toad, the motor car snatcher, the prison breaker, the Toad who always escapes. Sit still, and you shall know what driving really is, for you are in the hands of the famous, the skillful, the entirely fearless Toad!

Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Suggested Readings:


  • G. Tyler Miller, Jr., Sustaining the Earth: An Integrated Approach, Wadsworth, 1994.

  • F. T. Mackenzie and J. A. Mackenzie, Our Changing Earth: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change, Prentice Hall, 1995.

  • H. Weiss et al., The Genesis and Collapse of Third Millennium North Mesopotamian Civilization, Science, 261, 995, 1993.

  • Reid Bryson and Thomas Murray, Climates of Hunger, University of Wisconsin Press, 1977.

  • J. Burke and R. Ornstein, The Axemakers Gift, Grosset/Putnam, 1995.

We wish to learn:


  • What is the time line for human evolution?

  • What was the relationship between past climate, technology and cultural development, and human population?

  • What natural processes led to cultural innovations?

  • How did the agricultural revolution occur?

  • What processes drove the invention of writing, trade and urban dwelling?





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