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The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization

Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001

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Abstract

Two interacting forces influence all populations: the Malthusian dynamic of exponential growth until resource limits are reached, and the Darwinian dynamic of innovation and adaptation to circumvent these limits through biological and/or cultural evolution. The specific manifestations of these forces in modern human society provide an important context for determining how humans can establish a sustainable relationship with the finite Earth.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization
Series title:
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI:
10.1016/j.tree.2012.12.001
Volume
28
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Publisher location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
4 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
127
Last page:
130