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The surplus energy agriculture created meant we could sustain much larger populations. Everyone didn't need to farm anymore and people could specialise in other fields or arts. Civilizations now started developing.
Hunter gatherer communities tend to share resources fairly equally. In farming communities, by contrast, deep inequalities can develop.
People in civilizations worked double the amount than a person in a hunter gatherer society and only kings and nobles enjoyed a leisurely life.
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We live in a fossil fuel society. But while they proved to be extremely valuable, the catastrophic climate change they are creating now threatens to derail that society. Two centuries ago we reached the limits of what agriculture could do, now global warming is imposing a limit on what fossil fue...
By the 18th Century, our increasingly populous societies were beginning to run up against the limits of agriculture.
Then we found coal that we could dig up and burn in almost unlimited quantities which contains the solar energy captured over millions of years by fossilised forests. Oil and...
The nutrients in food are exposed when heated. This makes it is easier for our digestive enzymes to do their work effectively, extracting more calories more quickly than if we ate our food raw. The extra energy it gave us allowed us to evolve the small colons and relatively large energy-h...
The average human being in a developed country uses more like 100 times the amount than a resting human being does to sustain their metabolism, if you add in the energy needed to get around, build and heat our homes, grow our food and all the other things our species gets up to.
Around 12000 years ago, global temperatures rose rapidly and then stabilised. Within 2000 years people all over the world started domesticating crops.
Cultivating crops had been pretty much impossible during the Ice Age but the new warmer climate, coupled with a big rise in carbon dioxide ...
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