sábado, diciembre 06, 2014

Sistemas feudales: estado atractor de cualquier sociedad

Is feudalism the “natural” social order? Among cultures that were not hunter-gatherers, it certainly dominated over virtually all of historical time, and probably it was fiercely practiced before that. It appears to be a self-reinforcing “attractor state” in which technology (e.g. metal weaponry) empowers any cabal of the strong to exert power over large numbers of their peers. The same underlying pattern appeared in kingdoms, theocracies or Soviet commissar castes. Hence: is the feudal pyramid obligate and permanent? Are we, perhaps, only living through a brief exception to a pervasive pattern? More generally, might the same Darwinian attractor apply elsewhere across the galaxy, wherever intelligence arises?
SETI, METI and the paradox of extraterrestrial life: is there a libertarian perspective?
David Brin

Yo me quedo con esta parte de la charla pero su autor la esgrime para discutir la Ecuación de Drake y explicar la paradoja de Fermi. ¡Una gozada de lectura!

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