Guns, Germs, Steel, and… Spacefaring Civilizations?

It’s all about resources

Erasmo Acosta
Predict

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Image Credit: Willgard Krause

The discovery of agriculture led to specialization 10,000 years ago. When people were no longer in a constant struggle to procure food, their big brains started innovating. The unprecedented caloric influx that allowed more people to survive, invent, and improve society made agriculture the most transformative invention in our history.

Jared Diamond proposes that geography nonetheless gifted early Europeans the most productive crops and animals. Their exploitation through domestication gave them a headstart to civilization. Two million years separate fire from agriculture, but metallurgy is only 7,000 years old, the steam engine is 300, and the digital computer is barely 120. Each new milestone happened faster, propelled by a boost from previous ones.

Thanks to the mitochondrion, eukaryotes mastered the art of storing energy like no other type of cell before, catapulting life to new heights

An alien species will evolve through natural selection and be bound by the laws of physics. It follows that they must find efficient ways to feed themselves before they can power a technologically advanced civilization. Ruthless competition will likely trigger…

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Erasmo Acosta
Predict

Casualty of Corporate America. Sci-fi writer. Science Junkie. Learn about my dystopian novel K3+ at https://erasmixbooks.blogspot.com