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Michael Garfield on Evolutionary Transitions in Individuality at Burning Man 2011

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Published on Sep 29, 2011

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Evolutionary theorist and "performing philosopher" Michael Garfield, on how converging crises in our modern world are catalyzing an organizational transformation -- what biologists call an "evolutionary transition in individuality." As electronic media and ecological catastrophe converge to unify individuals in a new planetary culture and identity, we can look back to the emergence of multicellularity, the advent of social behavior, and the appearance of syntactic language (all of which have occurred numerous times in separate groups of organisms) for insight on how humankind will make it through our own apocalyptic era and global rite of passage.

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