Research into, and notes upon, the biology and genetics section of A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History


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1. Ecosystems
Local ecosystems, intersection of different flows of energy, cycle of energy and materials. Animals and humans a temporary manifestation of energy and biomass flow. How do animals and humans relate and interact within an ecosystem?

2. Stability
Stability of systems.

3. Climate and Weather
Climate and weather, something small can make a significant change to a system. Unrelated events can effect weather, the butterfly effect. How does climate and weather interact with local ecosystems?

4. Diseases and Epidemics
Diseases and epidemics. Density of people or biomass effects the impact of disease spread. Viruses and bacteria fight back to create equilibrium. Swine flu, foot and mouth. How can certain lifestyles deal with different diseases and epidemics? How can different groups or land deal with quarantine?

5. Immigration
Immigration into an area. Heterogenous systems are able to react effectively to change. How does the introduction of different species of plant or animal into an ecosystem effect its stability? How does the flow of immigrants into an area effect the local area and culture?

6. Evolution
Evolution, growing buildings to a set of algorithms.

7. Thermal Mass
Isolated homogeneity of cities. Thermal theory. Links to ecology.

8. City and Countryside
Medieval cities couldn't grow without support from the countryside.

Cultural relativism states human nature is determined by culture alone. Neo-Darwinists state that culture is determined by your genes. Evolution as a non-linear process. Interactionalist approach is where organic and cultural evolution is considered simultaneously. Cultural evolution very quick, gene evolution very slow. How can we use algorithms to predict the future or design a building? 1984?

10. Disobedience and Rebellion
Disobedience and rebellion in society in society is non-linear and goes against the flow of culture. How should society deal with this rebellion? Should it be repressed? Could it be controlled or confined to a controlled environment? Crime and Punishment?

11. Globalization
Every building brings with it its own rules and culture which interacts with its surrounding culture. Globalization. Buildings, ideas or cultures get integrated, rejected, or they take over. Eg. a bank that starts a branch in another country brings its own uniform, rules, recruitment strategies. etc.

12. Land use, deforestation, use of the land over time.

13. Spain and desalinisation. Importing food.

14. Industrialised food production.

15. Solar farms.

16. Our daily bread film.

17. Fungus, the first thing to come out from the sea.

18. Mapping the human brain digitally.

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