Why history matters so much to the relative wealth of nations, and why it still constrains progress today.
Progress is spreading throughout the world, but there are still many forces that are constraining its spread. Geographical distance, cultural distance and monopolies are three of the most important constraints.
If Progress Studies is to become a respected discipline, it must first answer key questions related to the concept of progress. So far, it has not done so.
Sanitation systems are one of the most important public health innovations in world history. Nobody likes to live surrounded by human waste, and the failure to avoid it is life threatening.
Changes in Per Capita GDP is one of the best means to measure progress for nations.
This is part 1 in a series of posts on measuring progress.
“Society Types” enable us to understand human history without going through all the trouble of spending decades reading books about the subject.
The concept of innovation has been all the rage in 21st Century America. No matter where one looks – books, media or corporate board rooms – there is a focus on this concept. And for good reason. Innovation is critical to progress. I would like to make the claim, however, that copying is at least […]
The search for life on other planets has clear parallels with the search for the causes of progress.
With Cultural evolution humans could adapt to a rapidly changing environment by copying what works directly rather than exclusively via genes. For this reason, Cultural evolution is critical to understanding the origins of progress.