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Leslie White & Culturology

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Torey P

on 11 December 2013

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Transcript of Leslie White & Culturology

Lewis Henry Morgan
- Classification based on level of culture
- Culture is biological
- Power equals social control
Theory of thermodynamics II:
How energy is utilized and manipulated
What does this mean?
E x T > P

White is arguing that those with the most technological advances and energy sources become the most powerful socially and culturally
Layer Cake Model

Social and Political

Technology &
Economic Complexity
What is culturology saying?
People utilize energy/tools/material to become more powerful and successful
Leslie White & Culturology
Leslie White moves away from..
Boasian thought of cultural evolution to a more scientific approach
“We may summarize our discussion of energy and tools in the following law of cultural development: culture advances as the amount of energy harnessed per capita per year increases, or as the efficiency or economy of the means of controlling energy is increased, or both."

“Every living being is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of the environment into itself and its seed.”
- Bertrand Russell

People and culture evolve based on the complexity of technology.
Culturology today...
stop at 5:04
Some new technologies are not better
Better communication
More of a voice/government accountability
Power struggles
Chaos when technology fails
What are your thoughts?
by: Anna & Torey
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