The Malthusian-Darwinian dynamic and the trajectory of civilization

Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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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
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 4 p.
First page 127
Last page 130